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The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

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Complete credited cast:
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Eve White / Eve Black / Jane
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Ralph White
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Doctor Curtis Luther
Edwin Jerome ...
Doctor Francis Day
Alena Murray ...
Secretary
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Mrs. Black
Douglas Spencer ...
Mr. Black
Terry Ann Ross ...
Bonnie White
Ken Scott ...
Earl
Mimi Gibson ...
Eve - Age 8
Alistair Cooke ...
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Eve White is a quiet, mousy, unassuming wife and mother who keeps suffering from headaches and occasional black outs. Eventually she is sent to see psychiatrist Dr. Luther, and, while under hypnosis, a whole new personality emerges: the racy, wild, fun-loving Eve Black. Under continued therapy, yet a third personality appears, the relatively stable Jane. This film, based on the true-life case of a multiple personality, chronicles Dr. Luther's attempts to reconcile the three faces of Eve. multiple personalities. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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THE STRANGEST TRUE EXPERIENCE A YOUNG GIRL IN LOVE EVER LIVED! See more »

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23 September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tres caras tiene Eva  »

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In her 1977 book, "I'm Eve," Christine Costner Sizemore, the real-life woman on whom the character of "Eve" was based, said that she had really had 26 multiple personalities, not just three; and that the popularity of the book and movie based on her life had only traumatized her further because Dr. Corbett Thigpen had forced her to sign over all rights to her story to him. Contrary to this statement, Dr. Corbett Thigpen made personally sure that Mrs. Sizemore was given her fair share of any and all profit from the movie, for which there is paper-trail proof for any in doubt. Furthermore, Dr. Thigpen and Mrs. Sizemore were on good terms with each other before Dr. Thigpen passed away in 1999, if he had done her wrong, that would not have been the case. See more »

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In at least two scenes, including the opening with Eve being driven to the doctor's office, there are cars in the background newer than 1951 when the scene is indicated to be taking place. See more »

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I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
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Written by Tom Pitts, Ray Egan and Roy K. Marsh
Revised by Paul Whiteman
Performed by Joanne Woodward
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Three Different Women In One Body
4 May 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'The Three Faces of Eve' tells the true story of a housewife who suffers from the condition recognized as dissociative identity disorder today. Nunnally Johnson's movie entirely focuses on the experience of Eve White, Eve Black and Jane during a period of a couple of years beginning from the time she started visiting her psychologist. This is unlike many of the 50s movies I've seen because it deals with several adult themes such as divorce, spousal abuse, sex and childhood trauma unlike the comparatively melodramatic films that were so popular at the time. Nunnally proves to be a fine storyteller as the meticulous writing is rich, tight and full of depth and the direction is great. I liked how he showed the 'treatment process'. It was cleverly downplayed in the story. The execution is done with skill. 'The Three Faces of Eve' has some outstanding nuanced performances. Lee J. Cobb is restrained as Eve's psychologist but it is Joanne Woodward who carries the film. She is simply sublime. Since then there have been numerous movies on dissociative identity disorder but 'The Three Faces of Eve' is the pioneer but that's not the reason why the movie ought to be watched because even as a stand alone, it works very well as a captivating character study.


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