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JEANNE MOREAU AND STANLEY BAKER IN JOSEPH LOSEY'S 'EVA'

Title: EVA Director: Joseph Losey Year: 1962 Rating: ***

The only person more entranced by the spontaneous beauty of Jeanne Moreau's titular EVA than a smitten Stanley Baker is director Joseph Losey, who created a Moreau Valentine set in Venice on the outskirts of the Cannes Film Festival as Baker's newly-famous, working-class writer Tyvian Jones can't get enough from the very minute she crashes his rented villa...

He's a boisterous, womanizing fluke of an author and she's a visually artistic muse, captured by Losey's camera-creative style (following Baker perpetually following Moreau) inspired by the French New Wave yet also coinciding with his own same-year's British thriller THESE ARE THE DAMNED...

Jeanne Moreau in EVA

Both are eerie, offbeat and splattered with Beatnik-jazz, only EVA has no real plot except for the manly writer falling deeper and deeper in love, progressively losing an artistic soul that's manufactured to begin with...

Meanwhile Mouraeau, compared to Baker's younger, softer, actually prettier yet blindly-naive Virna Lisi as Francesca, ignites a kind of third-act love triangle as mainstream as the otherwise arthouse story gets...

Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker

Ultimately the only way both EVA the character and movie falters is she never rises above the director's breezy platform, leaving Baker (and Lisi) a predictably melodramatic finale by comparison...

But if the entire point, purpose and theme is that a beautiful woman can be downright intoxicating, this is a gracefully maneuvered, two-hour hangover... without the headache.

Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Stanley Baker in EVA as Tyvian Jones

Virna Lisi in EVA
Virna Lisi in EVA
Stanley Baker and James Villiers in EVA with Virna Lisi
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA
Stanley Baker in EVA as Tyvian Jones
Virna Lisi in EVA with Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Stanley Baker in EVA as Tyvian Jones
Stanley Baker in EVA as Tyvian Jones
Jeanne Moreau in EVA
Jeanne Moreau in EVA
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
EVA and Stanley Baker
Jeanne Moreau in EVA
Jeanne Moreau in EVA and Stanley Baker
EVA and Stanley Baker
Virna Lisi in EVA

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