Sunday, 17 May 2009

All about Eve

Well, it is the eve of my birthday.

All about Eve is an appropriate title in many ways. Bette Davis played Margot Channing, a successful actress, whose beauty is fading and career is dwindling. She is sharp tongued, witty, fiercely independent and lonely, scared and lonely.

'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. Slow curtain, the end.'

I may watch the film tonight, with a bottle of wine. I am off to meet Madam Noir now, we are taking Hetty to the beach.

Oh, another scene I adore, so funny, the girdle scene. Margot is discussing girdles with her assistant.

Margot: You bought the girdles a size smaller, I can feel it.
Birdie: Something maybe grew a size larger.
Margot: You get into one of these girdles and see if you can act for two and a half hours
Birdie: I couldn't get into the girdle in two and a half hours!

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