Life Lessons from Movies

All About Eve

In Drama, Movies on November 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM

All About Eve (1950) is a drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the maneuverings of a young aspiring actress, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), to get close to an established stage actress, Margo Channing (Bette Davis), and her circle of powerful friends that includes director Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill), playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife Karen (Celeste Holm).

Life Lesson:

Sometimes showing a flash of anger can protect you from further harm.

Movie Scene:

Margo: “As it happens, there are particular aspects of my life to which I would like to maintain sole and exclusive rights and privileges!”

Bill: “For instance what?”

Margo: “For instance – you.”

Bill: “This is my cue to take you in my arms and reassure you, but I’m not going to. I’m too mad.”

Margo: “Guilty!”

Bill: “Mad! Darling, there are certain characteristics for which you are famous, on stage and off. I love you for some of them and in spite of others; I haven’t let those become too important to me. They’re part of your equipment for getting along in what is laughably called our environment. You have to keep your teeth sharp, all right. But you will not sharpen them on me or on Eve.”

Margo: “What about her teeth? What about her fangs?”

Bill: “She hasn’t cut them yet, and you know it.”

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  1. Lloyd: “The general atmosphere is very Macbeth-ish. What has or is about to happen?”

    Margo: “What is he talking about?”

    Bill: “Macbeth.”

    Karen: “We know you. We’ve seen you like this before. Is it over or is it just beginning?”

    Margo: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

    This famous scene shows the willingness of Margo to show her anger. By doing so, she alerts her friends of the encroaching danger that she feels, which eventually allows them to see it for themselves.

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