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Welsh writer Tyvian Jones (Stanley Baker) seems to have it all, Sixties-style -- an international best-seller, an apartment in Rome, a gorgeous fiancée in Virna Lisi -- but he's bitter anyway. He meets his existential match in ennui in the mod seductress Eve, played by Jeanne Moreau, who was never more cynical or iconic. Decked out in pointy pumps and heavy eyeliner, listening to Billie Holliday on scratchy LPs as she counts lire and smokes endless packs of cigarettes in strangers' bedrooms, she is the epitome of frayed glamour. An emotional tyrant, Eve's cruelly casual maneuvering forces Baker to confront his past -- and his weaknesses -- as a man and an artist.
When the Hakim brothers (the notorious producers of The Long Night, Purple Noon and Belle De Jour) handed Losey a fat contract and a pulp potboiler (by James Hadley Chase), Losey was sure it was his break. After years of of tightly budgeted British programmers, he hoped Eva would be his ticket to the glossy world of the international cinema. But while Losey's final cut was hailed by critics as equal to his masterpiece The Servant, it was barely released, and remains largely unseen after more than 30 years. Losey disowned the producers' version, 15 minutes shorter than his own.
"Moreau is fabulous!" - Jack Matthews, New York Daily News
"(four stars) A major cinema event! A killingly stylish tale of sexual obsession...Losey's ballad of evil soars unforgettably." - Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
Dual-movie edition featuring both abridged and "director's cut" versions of the film. Recently released in its entirety for the first time in the U.S. by Kino International, Losey's original version of Eva (entitled Eve), which he described as "almost an orgasm," is also included on this DVD. The only surviving print of the longer version is a Swedish/Finnish release print preserved by the British Film Institute. It is through the efforts of the BFI that Kino is able to present this version on DVD, with Swedish and Finnish subtitles and English dialogue.