one of my favorite movies, All About Eve, was on tv last night, so i had to stay up and watch it. soooo good. one of Bette Davis's best roles, i think. it's so perfect for her, especially at that point in her career. and it's so well-written, the dialogue just grabs you by the throat and won't let go. it's kind of considered hokey or whatever now i guess, but there aren't many (if any) movies nowadays that have such sharp, self-aware dialogue, and executed so perfectly.
this movie kind of amazes me because it's kind of sensitive and forward-thinking in dealing with these raw, female emotions in relation to gender roles and expectations. it's still a totally 50's handling of these subjects, of course...."Funny business, a woman's career - the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. That's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing's any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed, and there he is. Without that, you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings, but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end." i admire the admittance of how tough balancing gender expectations and having a successful career, even if it does still concede to the "unbreakable" tropes of society...but, i guess, that's still pretty radical stuff for 1950.
another thing that i suddenly noticed was that there are a lot of parallels between All About Eve and Black Swan, i guess because they deal with sort of the same subjects, but go in completely different directions with it. pretty cool.