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YMMV: All About Eve
  • Adaptation Displacement: The film was based on a short story "The Wisdom of Eve" in which the title character is a Karma Houdini (which The Hays Code wouldn't allow for in the film). The short story, in turn, is believed to be Very Loosely Based on a True Story with actress Elisabeth Bergner as the inspiration for Margo.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: George Sanders himself sees Eve as a "the closest thing to a heroine" in the story and Margo as immensely dislikable and unrelatable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Margo quotes from Julius Caesar ("the evil that men do", though she can't remember what comes after that). Three years later, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went on to direct an adaptation of Julius Caesar.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Addison De Witt.
  • Memetic Mutation: Do we even need to say it? Something about seat belts...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The concept of someone slowly destabilizing your life and your nearest and dearest friends not believing you when you turn to them for help makes Margo's frequent angry outbursts very understandable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Marilyn Monroe makes one of her first film appearances, playing a Dumb Blonde.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It has been argued that this movie has anti-homosexual and anti-feminist undertones. Addison and Eve are presented as villains, and, as noted, are often interpreted as homosexuals. Eve's focus on her career, in contrast to Karen's devotion to her husband, and Margo's eventual acceptance of Bill and of her fading career, is shown as devious, and she eventually succumbs to Addison's domination.
    • Then again, there are no "evil" characters. Just a Dog Eat Dog theatre world where everyone is guilty of something. According to the Word of God, the film is about the fact that actress careers are basically over by middle-age, and there's hundreds of young actresses willing to take their place (as evidenced by the shot of hundreds of Phoebes in the mirrors.)
    • Also, Word of God has said Eve is more of an Anything That Moves type.

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