Tuesday, January 31, 2012
All About Eve: The Adaption
The film All About Eve (directed by Joseph Mankiewicz) is an adaption of Mary Orr's short story "The Wisdom of Eve." Although there are differences among the two version, the general thrust and plot of the story remains the same: a young, aspiring actress named Eve cleverly deceives and tricks countless people in the hopes of reaching her dream of stardom.
Within the short story, we begin with a short monologue-esque introduction that sets up the tone of the story, clearly stating that: no, "Eve Harrington" is not a good person. Within the movie, however, we start off with the opening scene of an awards ceremony, where we cut back among the reactions of the key players in the film. We see that they all look quite perturbed with the situation- thus giving us a similar feeling to the introduction of the short story, the one difference being that in the film we are given less background information, thus many questions form in our head.
In the short story, the author does a nice and simple job of skimming over and reflecting the events that occur to cause Margo to become suspicious of Eve. In the film, we get a better look at this. Rather than just seeing Eve watching Margo, the film presents to us little things, like: Eve sending Margo's husband a letter without Margo knowing, Eve dancing around with Margo's dress, and Eve being overly on top of things.
The short story simply suggests that Eve Harrington tried to steal both the lover of Margo and the husband of Karen Richards. In the film, this is taken a step further. There is a full on, intense scene, where we see the true nature of Eve as she tries to capture the heart of Margo's lover. Upon his rejection, she quickly decides to start going after Karen's husband. Many scenes showcase Eve's determination for her goal.
All in all, the film expands upon concepts that the short story simply suggests. Additionally, the film gives us a better understanding of the little things that make up each of the main characters.