Eva with the three faces

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German title Eva with the three faces
Original title The Three Faces of Eve
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1957
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Nunnally Johnson
script Nunnally Johnson
production Nunnally Johnson
music Robert Emmett Dolan
camera Stanley Cortez
cut Marjorie Fowler

Eva with the three faces (Original title: The Three Faces of Eve ) is an American drama film directed by Nunnally Johnson from 1957 based on a true case of Chris Costner Sizemore, a woman who had dissociative identity disorder . Her case is covered in a book by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley. The German premiere was on November 8, 1957.


Eve White is a quiet wife and mother who likes to stay in the background, especially since she suffers from constant headaches and blackouts. The psychiatrist Dr. Luther puts her under hypnosis. Eve's second personality emerges, the wild, excessive Eve Black. Faced with this, Eve's husband leaves her and her daughter. Through permanent therapies, a third personality is soon established in Eve, the stable Jane, who stands in the middle, so to speak.

Dr. Luther tries to reconcile the three personalities of Eve. He uncovered a tragic experience in Eve's childhood. Eve's beloved grandmother died at that time and the family members traditionally had to kiss the dead woman. Eve's sorrow and anguish then produced a second personality who now achieved things that Eve was otherwise unable to do.

With the cause of their split personality revealed, Jane (the stable personality in Eve) can now remember everything that happened to the three of them. When Dr. Luther wants to speak to Eve White, Jane explains that neither Eve White nor Eve Black exist. Now all three personalities are united in one person. Jane marries a man she met named Earl and brings her daughter Bonnie back to her home.


The script writers were practicing psychiatrists who described the case of Chris Costner Sizemore. Orson Welles , who played the role of Dr. Luther was supposed to play, but had to cancel due to lack of time, said after reviewing the script that the lead would win an Oscar.

Film architect Lyle R. Wheeler came to the set with an Oscar award. He had won four Oscars (1940, 1947, 1954, 1957), one followed in 1960. His colleague Herman A. Blumenthal received awards in 1964 and 1970. Together with Wheeler, designer Walter M. Scott won two Oscars in 1954 and 1957. Four more Oscars followed in 1960 (again with Wheeler), 1964, 1967 and 1970. Renié Conley was responsible for the costume design , and in 1964 she won an Oscar for Cleopatra . Special effects specialist LB Abbott won his Oscars in 1968 and 1971. In 1973 and 1977 he was also awarded a special prize by the Academy.


The film-dienst described the film as "[a] too simple dramatic processing of a case of schizophrenia" and continued: "An acting 'tour de force' by Joanne Woodward still makes the film a gripping entertainment."


Academy Awards 1958
Golden Globe Awards 1958
National Board of Review Award 1957

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Individual evidence

  1. Eva with the three faces. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 30, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used