Countdown to 5K! – #20 – The Three Faces of Eve (1957)


This is my 4945th Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10

 

“It’s a serious manifestation, the hearing of voices, but the difference in your case is this: You’ve been frightened by this voice because you recognize it as a symptom of illness. People who are actually losing their minds rarely find anything extraordinary about the hearing of voices. They almost invariably assume it’s some sort of extra privilege that they enjoy… like personal radio reception, or built- in radar” – Dr. Luther

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After discovering that she has blacked out numerous times and cannot recall what she did, a woman is diagnosed with having multiple personalities and is seen as a both a fascinating test case for her doctors but more confusing for her family and friends.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I have heard so much about over the years but never got around to seeing until I chose it for this series.

Joanne Woodward is superb in the title role and does a wonderful job portraying a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder.

She was very deserving of her Oscar win for Best Actress for this performance because she is able to make each of the three personalities so very distinct in so many ways.

Over the years, there have been many films made about people suffering form this ailment and in some cases, they were able to portray the character better than they do here but the fact that this was the very first adds so much more to the glamour and appeal of this performance.

This film does a nice job showing how various characters have different motives once this ailment is discovered and each does all that they can to get what they want from it.

We also get to see how human nature sometimes takes over and causes certain characters to act in particular ways even though they know deep down that it might not necessarily be for the very best.

I really liked the way that this film shows the psychological aspects of the story because despite the fact that the science and understanding has advanced quite far over the 60+ years since this film and the events portrayed occurred, they still get so much of it spot on.

Bottom Line – Woodward is spectacular in the lead role here and was quite deserving of winning an Oscar for this performance.  Characters with multiple personalities have been portrayed better in more recent films, but the fact that this was among the first adds so much to the glamour of the performance.  They do a nice job showing the different motives of various characters with the discovery of the ailment and is shows how human nature can sometimes cause someone to act in a certain way despite the fact that they are aware of the fact that it might not always be for the best. The way they show the psychological aspects of this story is quite impressive especially given the fact of how much the field has advanced in the 60+ years since this film was made and even longer since the actual events occurred. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the DVD commentary by Aubrey Solomon, “When the real Eve signed the contract for the movie, the studio had her sign three separate contracts under each of her personalities, so that they would be covered from any possible legal action. In fact, when she signed the contract, they actually had her go into the personalities, and the signatures were all different on the contracts.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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