The Three Faces of Eve

The Three Faces of Eve

DVD - 2004
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This is a fact-based story about a young Georgia housewife named Eve, who suffers from multiple personalities. Eve's husband, confused by his wife's aberrant behavior when assuming her two "other selves," seeks out help from a psychiatrist. 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.

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 05, 2019

Yet another pile of Hollywood nonsense - This time about intense psycho-analysis.

This film makes the cure of deep-rooted Multiple Personality Disorder look like it can be done in no time flat (without any adverse effects to the patient) by any person, whether they are actually professionally qualified to do so, or not.

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Nursebob
Jul 05, 2019

Joanne Woodward took home a well-deserved Oscar for her portrayal of a Georgia woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder, but despite an opening monologue by journalist Alistair Cooke assuring audiences that this is a “True Story”, it still suffers from a bit of Hollywood glam. As psychiatrist and patient, Lee J. Cobb and Woodward give depth to what might otherwise have been a mental health soap—his gravelly voice and level stare complimenting her standout performance playing three different women with seeming ease. Of course the actual facts don’t quite support the scripted drama (real life patient Christine Costner Sizemore went on to write two books about her ordeal) and the film’s climax was completely fabricated, but rumour still has it the studio had each one of Sizemore’s personalities sign a waiver so they couldn’t be sued by any one of them. Aside from the occasional voiceover which makes you feel as if you’re watching an episode of "Dragnet" and some “1-2-3 presto you’re hypnotized!" movie psychiatry, Johnson avoids sensationalizing Eve’s affliction and instead relies on Woodward’s superb ability to transition between her three different personas using little more than voice inflection, posture, and a face that goes from animated to downcast in a heartbeat. It’s like watching a kinder, gentler version of "The Exorcist" in a party dress.

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bookie66
Mar 18, 2016

This movie takes me back to times I lived at a young age. It reminds me of the very defined roles of men / women in marriage in the 1950's. It's a wonderful film. We didn't know so much then. Some day we'll look back on today and be amazed by even more advancements in understanding the mind. Kudos to the actors and producers.... they didn't "Hollywood" the story.... it's a touching tale.

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ManMachine
Mar 14, 2014

I'm certainly no psychiatrist and I would never, ever say that I knew a hill of beans about something like Multiple Personality Disorder - But, with that said, I certainly found this film's over-simplified fast-tracking in regards to the complete cure of Eve White's obviously complicated, deep-rooted mental affliction to be just a tad too pat and easily remedied from this layman's puzzled point of view._____ With the way that Eve's psychological illness was treated in this somewhat pedestrian-level, little picture, all that was needed to fix Eve's screwed-up, little head was for the doc to subject her to but a few limp-wristed sessions of hypno-therapy._____ I guess this over-simplification of dealing with a very complex disorder of the mind was a deliberate attempt by this film's producers to present its subject matter as a marketable product to the naive movie-goers of the 1950s._____ Believe me, I did not hate this movie. But as a film dealing with very serious psychological issues, it just wasn't structured in a convincingly enough manner to hold even an ounce of believability. And, so, with that, I rated it with only 2.5 stars.

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forever_ice17
Sep 02, 2013

Joanne Woodward did an amazing job at playing the different Eves.

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