Saturday, March 19, 2011
Joanne Woodward is amazing in THE THREE FACES OF EVE (1957)
Just saw the 1957 film The Three Faces Of Eve for the first time in about 15 years and it's still just a good as I remembered. Joanne Woodward is positively amazing as Eve, a young Georgia housewife suffering from multiple personalities. A psychiatrist (played by Lee J. Cobb) is asked to help and he does and finds that each of Eve's personalities is aware of the other's existence, but none are related. After months of therapy, Eve is purged of her negative selves and is totally cured. Woodward gives a powerhouse performance and won a Best Actress Oscar for her work, which is easy to see why. Each personality is different and she plays them all with great intensity and effect. She would later come back to this genre 20 years later for the TV movie Sybil, this time as the doctor treating Sally Field. This is one of the best film performances I have ever seen. Kudos to Joanne. And Lee J. Cobb is just as good as always.