Once her third personality manifests, the performance is taken to even greater heights, and once again we are introduced to a new, yet not altogether unfamiliar woman. If you watch this film today thinking it was made today you will be disappointed by the writing though because of how overused multiple personality disorder is. Cobb is restrained as Eve's psychologist but it is Joanne Woodward who carries the film. Century Fox purchased the film rights to the book at the urging of Nunnally Johnson, who had obtained the galley proofs in 1956. This film, based on the true-life case of a. Luther uses hypnosis to disclose more about her trauma.
These people as children were most likely the victims of child abuse physical or sexual or both , witnessing something traumatic, poverty, or something else equally horrifying. I though Joanne was wonderful in it. Special Features include Fox Movietone News of the 30th Annual Academy Awards and the Original Theatrical Trailer. The psychological explanation of why Eve has become what she is may strike some as too pat, but we shouldn't forget that this is all based on a real-life case history. The amnesia, while Eve was under hypnosis, suddenly cleared. I have never read the screenplay or watched the movie so I watched without any preconceived notions of what was happening.
Her growing dominance over the other two personalities seemed to be an appropriate resolution to the problem given to Thigpen and Cleckley to begin with. The film premiered at the Miller Theater in Augusta on September 18, 1957. Joanne Woodward's performance is extremely colorful and entertaining--she really did a good job in portraying the 3 personalities! While he did in fact write his Mask of Sanity in 1941, he is most known for his involvement of the 1954 case study of a female patient labeled as Eve, which would later become the book The Three Faces of Eve in 1956, which he co-wrote with his psychiatric partner Corbett Thigpen, and the movie of the same name in 1957. Blu-ray Audio Quality — The film is provided with a 1. Eve Black was very seductive. Eve Black knows everything about Eve White, but Eve White is unaware of Eve Black. The two doctors first wrote of her case in a seventeen-page article, which was published in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology in 1954.
The book recounts in detail the case of Eve White, a young housewife locked in an unhappy marriage to a well-meaning, but overwhelmed, husband. Eve White Woodward is a woman who suffers from severe headaches and spells of amnesia. In only her third feature film Joanne Woodward became the Best Actress for 1957, ironically beating out Elizabeth Taylor who was descending into madness in Raintree County instead of being cured. She never reached heights like this before or since. Joanne Woodward delivered one of the greatest performances of all time in this film. However, therapy and treatment continued. Joanne Woodward is simply amazing as a woman who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder.
He fell into the role amazingly well, and may have inspired a few people back in the 50s to go into the profession. Cobb almost never played professionals, but in this one he was a psychiatrist. Although they did not point to an exact cause of the disorder, they brought up the idea that it could be a response to child abuse as a way for the individual to protect him or herself. Later, Jane, a third and more stable personality, emerged. Even as he did so, however, he used a documentary-style approach and adhered to the facts of the case more carefully than was usual for most Hollywood depictions of actual events.
Luther begins her therapy and soon Eve shows a new personality, the reckless and wild Eve Black that hates Ralph and loves to drink and dance with other men, and Dr. This was a landmark film in its own time, and still holds up after so many years. Woodward was born in Georgia so the accent she uses in the film is real. Over many sessions, several traumatic childhood events, such as the patient's being forced to kiss her dead grandmother, were revealed. Luther considers both Eve White and Eve Black to be incomplete and inadequate personalities. She really convinces us that she is each one of the three people she could become. Lee J Cobb is also great as the doctor who treats her.
It showed that she really was one person, who had limits. Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: Audio Commentary: Commentary by Film Historian Aubrey Solomon: Aubrey Solomon provides a fairly interesting discussion on the film, and while there are a few pauses here and there, he offers a wide array of production trivia. Her initial, primary role is that of Eve White, a seemingly ordinary and meek Southern woman married to a man named Ralph David Wayne. She began reporting that she heard an imaginary voice addressing her throughout the past few months. The film is a true story and takes place between 1951 and 1953 in a small town not too far from New York City. This compelling material is given fairly straightforward treatment by screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, in one of his eight directing credits.
We even get to see footage of Joanne Woodward very brief acceptance speech. She has recalled a total of twenty-two personalities and suggested that the fragmentation of her personality was a defense mechanism, possibly to protect herself from daily chores she could not bear. The filmmaking itself doesn't offer too much to get excited about, but the lead actress is mesmerizing to watch, and acclaimed Hollywood screenplay writer Nunnally Johnson does a solid job in the director's chair. The film demonstrates the three distinct woman living in one body. David Wayne portrays Eve's husband, the third major role in the film. There really isn't much a plot, or, oddly, development.