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Eva (1962)

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Joseph Losey's turbulent melodrama concerns a phony writer, Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker), who has recently sold the film rights to his autobiography as a Welsh coal miner (actually penned by his deceased brother). Tyvian is engaged to Francesca (Virna Lisi), an alluring screenwriter, but then Eva (Jeanne Moreau) walks into his life. Eva and her lover had sought shelter from a thunderstorm in his apartment and Tyvian is immediately attracted to her. He follows her to Rome, where Eva demands an elaborate hotel suite, tons of gambling money, and a bonus for sexual favors. When Tyvian assents in gratifying her wishes, Eva just laughs at him. Tyvian then has to rush back to Francesca, since they are going to be married. But Tyvian forsakes her on their honeymoon and takes up with Eva again. Finding Tyvian and Eva together, Francesca is heartbroken and she commits suicide. After the funeral, Tyvian sets his sights on killing Eva, but, when he sees her, he finds that he is still obsessed with her.

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Cast

Stanley Baker
as Tyvian Jone
Jeanne Moreau
as Eve Olivier
Virna Lisi
as Francesca Ferrara
Giorgio Albertazzi
as Sergio Branco Malloni - a movie director
James Villiers
as Arthur McCormick
Lisa Gastoni
as The Redhead
Nona Medici
as Ann Maria
Alex Revides
as The Greek
John Pepper
as Little Boy
Ignazio Dolce
as (uncredited)
Joseph Losey
as Patron at Harry's Bar (uncredited)
Vittorio De Sica
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Eva

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

A decadent period piece and a sadomasochistic view of sexual relations, this singular, resonant, and at times even inspiring mannerist mess is far more interesting than a good many modest successes.

December 22, 2009 | Full Review…

This is a sleek, mannered look at an affair between a cold, almost psychotic, call girl and a writer, who is a fraught with overtones of masochism.

March 10, 2009 | Full Review…
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The figures of alienation wandering through an elegant landscape may be familiar from the Antonioni trilogy of the period, but the pessimism, energetic misanthropy and disenchantment with the world are all Losey's own.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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There's not much wonder that practically everybody who had anything to do with the making of this film was offering excuses and alibis when it opened in Europe in 1962.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A watershed work, a furious whirlwind vision

February 5, 2010 | Full Review…

A grim drama springs from an unimpressive story.

March 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eva

½

Deliciously seductive and sinister. Moreau dominates!

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