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A Journey Through the Eclipse Series: Paul Czinner’s The Rise of Catherine the Great

3 May 2011 10:18 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

So you probably saw the headline and thought to yourself, “Oh Dave came up with a cute tie-in to all the pomp and ceremony that went on over in London last week, how clever of him to find an Eclipse title that connects so well with the marriage of Prince William and his girlfriend Catherine Middleton.” Yeah, I’m sure that’s what you were thinking and I can’t fault you for drawing such an obvious conclusion, even though it’s wrong. I actually chose this film for my next installment in this series simply because May 2 happens to be the birthday of Catherine the Great, the most powerful woman on earth during her lifetime and one of the most influential of all monarchs in Russia’s long and turbulent history.

Despite the fact that The Rise of Catherine the Great depicts a young woman’s entry into the »

- David Blakeslee

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MovieRetriever's 100 Greatest Movies: #25 All About Eve

24 January 2011 8:59 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Jan 24, 2011

The plot of All About Eve is based on a short story and radio play by the actress and writer Mary Orr, who adapted it from a real life incident told to her by actress Elisabeth Bergner. Joseph Mankiewicz recommended that Darryl F. Zanuck buy the film rights to Orr's story in 1949.

Adapting it for screen, the director originally cast Claudette Colbert as Margo Channing, the aging theatre actress ousted by her understudy, Eve Harrington (played in the film by a young Anne Baxter). Colbert dropped out of production after slipping a disc ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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