The Three Faces of Eve

1957

The Three Faces of Eve

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When Alistair Cooke shows up to introduce Three Faces of Eve, we know that the fact-based story will bear more than a little fidelity to truth. Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Eve, a young Georgia housewife suffering from multiple personalities. Eve's husband (David Wayne), confused by his wife's aberrant behavior when assuming her two "other selves," seeks out help from a psychiatrist (Lee J. Cobb). Carefully probing Eve's subconscious via hypnosis, the doctor finds out that, though each of Eve's personalities is aware of the other's existence, none are related. After months of therapy, Eve is purged of her negative selves and is totally cured. Ironically, Joanne Woodward would herself play a psychologist confronted with a multiple-personality case in the Emmy-winning 1976 TV movie Sybil. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Joanne Woodward
as Eve White / Eve Black / Jane
David Wayne
as Ralph White
Lee J. Cobb
as Doctor Curtis Luther
Edwin Jerome
as Doctor Francis Day
Alena Murray
as Secretary
Nancy Kulp
as Mrs. Black
Douglas Spencer
as Mr. Black
Rush Williams
as Hospital Orderly
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Audience Reviews for The Three Faces of Eve

  • Jul 30, 2017
    It's not the fault of anyone in 1957 that their serious take on a serious malady hasn't aged well, but it simply hasn't. Done better since then (the recent Split comes to mind) this picture not only suffers in comparison to recent works but very nearly comes off as a comedy unintentionally. The actors do the best they can with material that has been watered down for the small town tastes of 50's audiences, best represented in the work by the underappreciated David Wayne.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2014
    Joanne Woodward's first attempt at playing a woman with multiple personalities (and believe it or not, there are a couple) is okay although it seems to play the psychiatric condition for thrills much more than it should. Not a mature view of a disease.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2013
    This adaptation based on a book by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay was directed as a case study. Literally... from the beginning when (at that time famous) Alistair Cooke shows up to introduce the film, we know that the fact-based story will be recreated as close as possible to the real events in the life of Chris Costner Sizemore, also known as Eve White, a woman they suggested might suffer from multiple personality disorder. Sizemore's identity was concealed in interviews and this film, and was not revealed to the public until 1975. Joanne Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first actress to win an Oscar for portraying three different personalities (Eve White, Eve Black and Jane). The Three Faces of Eve also became the first film to win the Best Actress award without getting nominated in another category, and the last for nearly 31 years until Jodie Foster won the award for The Accused, the film's sole nomination. It is understandable - because only Woodward's acting was outstanding - everything else could be improved - especially the directing, camera work, photography and editing! Too many clichés left a movie about three personalities without a personality itself. I can see now how far the artistic value of the films is changed or improved. This seemed really daring at the time, now it is too simplistic to actually satisfy my cravings for a good engaging movie. It is like getting those old Atari game consoles out of the attic instead of the latest X-Box and prefer to play with it. It has a sentimental value, not much more in our modern time where movies are not black and white. On the other hand, there are some films from those times which will stand the test of the time forever, because they were never following the entertaining industry rules and formulas - they were following the urge of the artist... those are the movies which will survive through all the times and gaining value, like those old valuable paintings in the Louvre. Joanne Woodward's acting will survive... the movie... I already forgot about it.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2013
    Guess the shifting of personalities were simplified for a laymen to understand it easily. While I liked the performances, I found it difficult to swallow the stuff and be mesmerized by its taste. I found this in the suggestion box for Sybil, and find it perfectly fit in there, be it for MPD or for the genuineness of their story. Cooke starts it with an ironic note of "This is a true story" comment, and was good as a narrator. The movie hasn't dated well, and I'd have liked Hitchcock to have treat this extraordinary (as for its time) story.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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