So it was late one night and as I was channel surfing, I came upon one of my favorite movies of all time, All About Eve. So even though I’ve seen it well into double digits, I could not help myself but to stay up even later with my well laid out snacks, watching this film.
It was right at this point…
Margo Channing: So many people know me. I wish I did. I wish someone would tell me about me.
Karen Richards: You’re Margo, just Margo.
Margo Channing: And what is that, besides something spelled out in light bulbs, I mean – besides something called a temperament, which consists mostly of swooping about on a broomstick and screaming at the top of my voice? Infants behave the way I do, you know. They carry on and misbehave – they’d get drunk if they knew how – when they can’t have what they want, when they feel unwanted or insecure or unloved.
I love this movie for its dramatic banter, complex character roles and highlight of women’s ambition and career. Especially for the time, it has a very powerful message about women and showbiz. It’s hilarious as well. And as I thought about it, I feel at some point, I have been Bette Davis’ character, Margo Channing
and at other points, I may have been Anne Baxter’s character, Eve Harrington unfortunately. Even today, an ambitious woman can be thought of in many diverse ways and may find it difficult to stay true to oneself or fear of being replaced by a younger version. And “having it all” has become either more of a possibility or a fairy tale depending on who you talk to. I like to think you can have it all, just maybe not all at the same time (maybe).
One of my favorite dialogues of the movie is:
Margo Channing: 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.
http://youtu.be/gqCha_0dmHE – Interview with Bette Davis and trailer