Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Three Faces of Eve

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Written and Directed by: Nunnally Johnson, based on a book by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley
Starring: Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, David Wayne, Edwin Jerome, Terry Ann Ross, Ken Scott, Alena Murray, Nancy Kulp, Douglas Spencer. Narrated by Alistair Cook

Based on the real story of a lady called Chris Costner Sizemore. Apparently, she wrote a book called I'm Eve!. Maybe I'll read it?

Anyway, it's about a housewife who develops two alternate personalities. One of them is a rampaging psychopath who sets about to destroy everyone the Host Personality loves. No, I'm lying. Or am I?

Plotwise, the movie is pretty dull. The lady undergoes therapy, but still her extra personalities plague her. It all seems vaguely bogus. Particularly when we learn that the reason she has three personalities is because her mother made her kiss a corpse when she was about six. What the fuck? Okay, sure, that's disturbing as all hell and would no doubt traumatize a young child, but that's it? Frig.

The only really interesting thing about the movie is watching Joanne Woodward play all three personalities (Eve White, the regular one; Eve Black, the slut and Jane the modest, polite young lady), switching back and forth between them quite frequently sometimes.

Of course this whole multiple personality business is really very trying on the woman's husband and young daughter. And the doctor. I guess. I've got to feel bad for him.

Yeah, anyway, to negate the bogusness of the plot (I'm going back to that because my other tangent was going nowhere) they have a narrator to explain what's going on. Obviously it's a true story, the narrator said so. And if George of the Jungle has taught me anything, it's not to argue with the narrator.

At the beginning of the movie, narrator comes out and explains the entire plot to us in the audience (we're completely moronic, apparently). Then, of course, it's no surprise when the extra personality shows up.

Yeah, that was pretty dumb. So not a great movie per se, but Joanne Woodward was pretty good. She won an Oscar for best actress. Good for her.


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