My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Eva (1962)

JOSEPH LOSEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5France/Italy, 1962Paris Film Productions, Interopa Film.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by ,.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Jeanne Moreau in Eva.

Even fans of  might not want to get too close to this one. An early Joseph Losey production, before his superb The Servant, it’s a typically misogynistic tale of a strapping hunk of a successful writer () whose engagement to a sweet Italian girl () is ruined by his obsession with a manipulative prostitute (Moreau). He travels from Rome to Venice to find her, making love to her on shag rugs in swanky villas followed by her endlessly primping herself (drag queens will love this movie). The gals look great in their designer dresses, and there are endless party sequences, but the depth that made Antonioni’s L’Avventura so good (from which this movie liberally steals its imagery) is missing here. Moreau isn’t comfortable enough with English yet, so all the subtle nuances of her work that made her a star in Jules And Jim aren’t on display.

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