Everyone's favorite film about the theatre, "All About Eve," will turn 50 years old on Oct. 13, 2000. To mark the event, Manhattan's cineaste haven, Film Forum, will screen a new 35mm print of the 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz masterpiece, Oct. 6-12.
"Eve" stars Betty Davis as Margo Channing, an aging diva of the stage trying to hold on to both her director (and boyfriend) and her playwright, while fending off the seemingly guileless machinations of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), a starstruck waif whom Margo hires as her assistant and soon finds has taken over her life.
The flick was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including a prize for George Sanders as the most famous fictitious drama critic in history, Addison DeWitt. Also nominated were Celeste Holm, as the wife of the playwright who is unwittingly duped by Baxter into sabotaging Davis; and Thelma Ritter as Davis' salty dresser.
Film Forum is located on E. Houston Street near Varick in Greenwich Village.
--By Robert Simonson