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The Three Faces of Eve

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The Three Faces of Eve

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Lee J. Cobb, Joanne Woodward, David Wayne
director:
Nunnally Johnson
author:
Nunnally Johnson
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Time has not been kind to The Three Faces of Eve, writer-director Nunnally Johnson’s treatment of the true case history of a housewife with multiple personalities. What seemed steamy in 1957 — a reasonably frank look at mental disorder and repressed sexuality — is today the stuff of Oprah. Surprisingly, this new letterboxed laserdisc doesn’t improve matters. Although the cropped version familiar from cassette and TV could be said to offer only 1 1/2 faces of Eve, the laserdisc reveals the clunkiness of Johnson’s wide-screen compositions; instead of marveling at Woodward’s understated performance (the principal reason to see the flick in 1994), you’re too often distracted by the vast gulf between characters on opposite sides of the frame. This is one instance where the traditional cropped tape makes for better home viewing. C+