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  • Apr 17, 2007
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This film represents the end of a time when witty dialog
and insightful writing had a chance to make it to the big
screen. Even though there's an unmistakeable feeling of
watching a play on film, the crispness of the dialog and the
tight editing make you yearn for a return of intelligence to
the movies.

Bette Davis is superb as the magnificently self-absorbed star
of Broadway and Anne Baxter underplays the role of Eve, the
viscious starlet on her way up. Marilyn Monroe as the vapid
beauty and George Sander (who won the Oscar for best supporting
actor) are delightful. Celeste Holm does a wonderful, subtle,
low-key job as the self-effacing playwright's wife.

The image and sound quality on this DVD are excellent, and it's
easy to see why it won the Oscar for Best Picture.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of THE NEW SHORT COURSE IN WINE and
the novel bang BANG. ISBN 9781601640005

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I cook therefore I. .therefore I eat. No, maybe that's thereby I eat'.   Anyway, I love food, beer and wine: I like to write about them too,(The New Short Course in Wine is adapted from … more
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Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director ofA Letter to Three Wives,The Barefoot Contessa, andSleuth.--Tom Keogh
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