By Penelope Andrew
"I AM BIG, IT'S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL."
----Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard
...Osborne remarked that classic films such as All About Eve were made to be seen on a large screen, but lamented that they seldom are. He enticed the audience with the April film festival by naming some of the classic films and actors who will be seen "three stories high" just as they were when the films debuted. Bette Davis, Sanders, and the All About Eve cast which also featured Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill (soon to become Davis' fourth and last husband), Marilyn Monroe (in one of her earliest credited roles), and the irrepressible, superb character actress Thelma Ritter did not disappoint and obviously remain giants of the silver screen to the enthusiastic, 2010 New York audience.
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Like Casablanca (1942), All About Eve (1950) is one of those classic films one can watch over and over again without ever falling out of love with it. Part of its splendor is to be found in a “truly bravura performance by its star, Bette Davis, as a theatrical diva whose temper tantrums towards others are as much fun to watch as are her savage misgivings about herself,” wrote Kenneth L. Geist back in 2000 in a New York Times review of a book devoted entirely to the subject of the film....
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Penelope Andrew, a NYC-based writer who contributes to The Huffington Post and Critical Women on Film, is a member of the Women Film Critics Circle. A certified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC. Penelope Andrew is reporting from the Turner Classics Movies Film Festival in LA for The Huffington Post.