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The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

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Nunnally Johnson

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Corbett Thigpen (book) (as Corbett H. Thigpen M.D.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joanne Woodward ... Eve White / Eve Black / Jane
David Wayne ... Ralph White
Lee J. Cobb ... Doctor Curtis Luther
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... Doctor Francis Day
Alena Murray ... Secretary
Nancy Kulp ... Mrs. Black
Douglas Spencer ... Mr. Black
Terry Ann Ross Terry Ann Ross ... Bonnie White
Ken Scott ... Earl
Mimi Gibson ... Eve - Age 8
Alistair Cooke ... Narrator
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Storyline

Eve White is a quiet, mousy, unassuming wife and mother who keeps suffering from headaches and occasional black outs. Eventually she is sent to see psychiatrist Dr. Luther, and, while under hypnosis, a whole new personality emerges: the racy, wild, fun-loving Eve Black. Under continued therapy, yet a third personality appears, the relatively stable Jane. This film, based on the true-life case of a multiple personality, chronicles Dr. Luther's attempts to reconcile the three faces of Eve. multiple personalities. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Every Adult Must See It! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres caras tiene Eva See more »

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Budget:

$965,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the true case of Christine Costner Sizemore, who later wrote two books about her multiple personalities: "I'm Eve" (1977) and "A Mind of My Own" (1989). See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) When Eve Black is in the hospital sitting on the bed talking with the Dr. and he mentions introducing E. Black to E. White, E. Black is holding a cigarette in her left hand. She "wakes up" as E. White and covers herself, but has lost the cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Eve Black: Don't you want to get me one?
Ralph White: Well, I've never seen you take a drink before.
Eve Black: Honey, there are a lot of things you've never seen me do before. That's no sign I don't do 'em.
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introducing Alistair Cooke distinguished journalist and commentator See more »

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I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
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Written by Tom Pitts, Ray Egan and Roy K. Marsh
Revised by Paul Whiteman
Performed by Joanne Woodward
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Dated, but Still Good Docudrama with Magnificent Performance of Joanne Woodward
22 May 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1951, in Georgia, the submissive housewife and mother Eve White (Joanne Woodward) is brought by her husband Ralph White (David Wayne) to a consultation with Doctor Curtis Luther (Lee J. Cobb) since she has painful headaches followed by blackouts with no recollections of what she did. The rude Ralph tells that she bought expensive clothing and hurt their daughter Bonnie during one of these blackouts. Dr. 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. Luther diagnoses a case of multiple personality to his colleague Doctor Francis Day (Edwin Jerome).

Ralph moves with Bonnie to Jacksonville and Eve continues her treatment. She tells that she is hearing voices, and Dr. Luther uses hypnosis to disclose more about her trauma. Out of the blue, a third personality emerges and tells that she is Jane that shows that is a balanced personality. Dr. Luther questions which personality should be the predominant.

"The Three Faces of Eve" is based on a true story and based on a book written by two medical doctors about a case of multiple personality in Georgia. I do not know the impact of Nunnally Johnson's movie in 1957 since it is dated in the present days. But it is still a good docudrama, especially because of the magnificent performance of Joanne Woodward in the role of three different women. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Três Máscaras de Eva" ("The Three Masks of Eve")


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