1. What happened with Lloyd and Eve?- Obviously, Lloyd cared a lot about Eve’s success and happiness due to her potential as a great muse, an actress who could finally give him the opportunity “for once, not to compromise”. Karen obviously feels insecure about her relationship with Lloyd given how much she sees of him advocating for her, working for her every little need. She’s only 6 years older then Eve, but she can’t help but be threatened by a younger woman who she now knows has sinister intentions. That said, did Lloyd really want Eve sexually? Addison doesn’t seem to believe a word of Eve’s marriage story, given the statement he gives to her after revealing her web of lies: “Now do you want to change your story about Lloyd beating at your door the other night?” The whole telephone scene I think is partly a red herring to make us think that way until the truth about Eve comes out. Eve may have tried to come on to him the way she did with Bill and Lloyd may have been caught off guard, perhaps almost wanting to give in until sternly stopping himself. Or he sleeps with her, regrets it, and then regrets it even more when Eve reveals her plan to blackmail him if he doesn’t give her a play contract as well as marry her. What do you think?
2. Why did Eve tell Addison about Lloyd?- If we assume the second narrative above is true, then it’s obvious why Eve would tell Addison. She wants to glory in her own success and make him believe her, which of course he doesn’t. If the above scenario is not true, I’m not really sure why she lies about this unless it was to get him out of her hair? She likes, trusts and confides in him, yes, but she’s moving up in the world now and having a great playwright like Lloyd on her leash in some way means that she has exhausted her use of Addison, lying to him in order to get rid of an unneeded(and in her mind), no longer useful figure without hurting his ego. Of course, she fails miserably either way.
3. Did Eve Actually Idolize And Respect Margo’s Talent Or Was She Just Using Her For Her Own Purposes and For Her Own Purposes Only?
We all know that Eve was manipulating Margo and her inner circle to get into the theatre world, but how genuine was Eve’s admiration of Margo? Eve is too smart and manipulative to see every performance of Margo’s just because she wants to get into Margo’s good graces- she could have easily gone to Karen or another friend of Margo’s much earlier. Yes, I would agree her constant flattery and devotion to Margo was primarily driven by her manipulative intentions, but I honestly think she always idolized Margo and other actresses like her from afar, determined to become one of them and not just gutter trash similar to Bonnie Parker’s desires to become a star in Bonnie And Clyde. So yes, I’d say she respects Margo’s talent, but obviously does not think she should be playing ingenues anymore as we found out in Addison’s column and could care less about her happiness/success.
What do you think? General thoughts on the film/performances?