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All About Eve
Transcript of All About Eve
What is revealed about the characters?
: Margo is the star, plays in Lloyd's plays, in a relationship with Bill, a part of the social and theatre 'in-group', sticks up for Eve when Birdie comments about her story.
Lets Eve into the dressing room, married to Lloyd, close friends with Margo, a part of the social 'in-group' ,however, not a part of the theatre 'in-group'.
: play write, married to Karen, Margo is the main actress in his shows, disappointed when Eve compliments Margo's acting and fails to take notice of Lloyd's writing, a part of the social and theatre 'in-group'.
: Critical of Eve's story, sarcastic relationship with Margo, ex- actor, Margo's maid.
: Director, in a relationship with Margo, a part of the social and theatre 'in-group'.
: She tells her story to gain sympathy from the 'in-group', especially Margo.
Blocking is where the actors are positioned within a frame to make characters appear larger or smaller.
The positioning of the characters clearly exposes Eve as an outsider by highlighting the social 'in-group' in this scene by closely positioning the 4 characters together and averting their attention off Eve. Even though Margo's not as dressed up its obvious she's still a part of the 'in-group.
Eve's body is not completely in the shot merely portraying her as just an object phased into the background, there's no focus on her as she looks into the group.
throughout the whole scene she's not positioned as close to the other characters.
Margo: Robe, just got off stage, she was wearing a wig, even though she's not as dressed up its obvious she's still a part of the 'in-group because of the positioning of the characters (blocking)
Karen: Expensive fur coat, dressed professionally, makes it obvious she's upper class and wealthy.During the 1950's major designer emerged (Dior and Chanel) wearing pencil skirts was to show off or create the allusion of a small figure.
Lloyd: In a suit indicating that he is a successful businessman
Bill: Also in a suit, indicating he is a successfull businessman
Birdie:Casual, plain clothes, under dressed compared to everyone, makes it obvious she is the help
Eve: Dressed in sloppy bucket hat and trench coat, seeking sympathy by trying to create the illusion that she's lower class.
Scene Analysis: Dressing Room
Kaitlynn Bucad-Daniels & Selin Testecilli
Characters in the scene
: In this scene the social 'in-group' is introduced and are identified as being upper-class, superior and have a connection to the theatre. This group consists of Margo, Bill, Karen and Lloyd.
There is also another fundamental theatre 'in-group' which only consists of Bill, Margo, Lloyd & Max.
Insiders & Outsiders:
The theatre 'in-group' further develops a closer relationship and displays how Karen's connection to the theatre is only by marriage. Even though Karen is included in the social 'in-group' she is still classified as and outsider because she doesn't contribute any talent or have any input in the theatre productions. Eve is an outsider who slowly infiltrates into the in group by gaining sympathy from Karen, picked her specifically because she is an outsider, and Margo by telling her 'heartbreaking' story.
Eve's desperation to become a critically aclaimed actress is the driving motivation behind her deception of other characters by fabricating an emotional story.
The high angle, places the camera above the subject, and is typically used to look down on the subject or do look down with the subject.
The high angle isused to minimize the importance of the subject, being Eve, creaing a sense of isolation and inferiority compared to the group.
The high angle shot makes Eve look smaller and less important.
This can have the emoional effect of diminishing Eve displaying her as less significant.
Music reveals a hidden theme that is not clearly depicted in the acting.
The music in the background while Eve is reciting her story creates an emotional response from the audience and amplifies the emotional effectiveness of the scene.
This music is later on referred in the film by Margo as "cheap sentiment".
This scene is set backstage of the theatre which shows the fundamental interests in the characters. Even social gatherings revolve around the theatre.
In this scene it is obvious that Karen is an outsider as she arrives after the performance highlighting her insignificance in the theare world.
The intended affect of this scene is to give the audience an idea of the social groups formed by characters in and out of the theatre. With the use of cinematic techniques we, as the audience, are distanced away from the inner circle to underline their superiority and make us feel like an outsider.