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Gay History – October 13, 1950: Fasten Your Seatbelts “All About Eve” Opened In Theaters

If a singular aspect alone can propel a film to greatness, than perhaps writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1950 black and white Oscar winning best film, All About Eve, is that film and Bette Davis performance as Margo Channing is its launcher.

All About Eve is blessed with dialogue that still sparkles with wit nearly six decades on, and, even more so than the films of Billy Wilder (whose Sunset Boulevard, released in the same year, is often compared to All About Eve) there simply was no Hollywood screenwriter that came as close to the great stage comedies of Oscar Wilde than Mankiewicz.

Wilde tends to have characters that are not as smart as Mankiewicz’s, but usually more obviously comic. Granted, there is a dopey harlot-cum-starlet, Miss Caswell, played by Marilyn Monroe (in the most ‘realistic’ performance of Monroe’s career- itself a testament to great writing), but even there she is used to set up peerless wittiness..

All About Eve won six Academy Awards® and received the most nominations in film history but the legend of All About Eve didn’t end with the Oscars®. Not only did it remain popular in theatrical re-issues and later on television, but it eventually became a cult film, particularly among gay fans who identified with Davis’  Margo Channing’s larger-than-life personality. Her warning “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” became the most quoted of the film’s many famous lines in history.

The story of an understudy scheming to replace the star has been referenced in everything from the hilariously excessive Showgirls (1995) to Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar®-winner All About My Mother (1999), while the entire plot was recycled, with an all-male cast, for the 1995 gay porn video All About Steve.

The script itself was set to music for the hit 1970 Broadway musical Applause, starring Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing. Eve finally got to take over for Margo when Anne Baxter who played Eve in the original movie stepped into the leading role after Bacall left the show.

Starring: Bette Davis (Margo Channing), Anne Baxter (Eve Harrington), George Sanders (Addison De Witt), Celeste Holm (Karen Richards), Gary Merrill (Bill Sampson), Hugh Marlowe (Lloyd Richards), Thelma Ritter (Birdie Coonan), Marilyn Monroe (Miss Caswell) and Gregory Ratoff (Max Fabian)

 All About Eve Trivia:

*Co-star Celeste Holm spoke about her experience with Bette Davis on the first day of shooting: “I walked onto the set . . . on the first day and said, ‘Good morning,’ and do you know her reply? She said, ‘Oh shit, good manners.’ I never spoke to her again – ever.”

*Years later, Bette Davis said in an interview “Filming All About Eve was a very happy experience….the only bitch in the cast was Celeste Holm.”

*Zsa Zsa Gabor kept arriving on the set because she was jealous of her husband George Sanders in his scenes with the young blonde ingénue Marilyn Monroe.

*Donna Reed was also considered for the part of Eve Harrington.

All About Eve Famous Lines:

Margo: Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!

Margo: Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn’t worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.

Margo: Birdie, you don’t like Eve, do you?
Birdie: You looking for an answer or an argument?
Margo: An answer.
Birdie: No.
Margo: Why not?
Birdie: Now you want an argument.

Miss Casswell: Oh, waiter!
Addison DeWitt: That is not a waiter, my dear, that is a butler.
Miss Casswell: Well, I can’t yell “Oh butler!” can I? Maybe somebody’s name is Butler.
Addison DeWitt: You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point

Birdie: What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end.

Margo: I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.

Addison DeWitt: You’re maudlin and full of self-pity. You’re magnificent!

WATCH: The Official US Trailer for BPM (Beats Per Minute) The Portrait of ACT UP-Paris

(ACT UP) – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power  was not only prevalent in America but was also an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs) during the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives.

The French movie BPM (Beats Per Minute)  follows a group of  Paris  ACT Up activists battling  for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.. Many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Next to the United States, France has the highest number of AIDS cases and deaths.

BPM won the Grand Prix at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and is France’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

WATCH the Industrial Light and Magic Oscar Submission Reel – Best Special Effects “The Avengers”

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Calling all Gay Geeks!

Here’s the submission reel from Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) highlighting their work on the superhero comic movie The Avengers for the upcoming Academy Awards.

STUNNING special effects and even a little bit of Chris Hemsworth!

Nerdgasam!