Eva (1962 film)

Eva, released in the United Kingdom as Eve, is a 1962 Italian-French co-production drama film directed by Joseph Losey and starring Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker and Virna Lisi. Its screenplay is adapted from James Hadley Chase's 1945 novel Eve.[1]

Original film poster
Directed byJoseph Losey
Produced byRaymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Screenplay byHugo Butler
Evan Jones
Based onEve
by James Hadley Chase
StarringJeanne Moreau
Stanley Baker
Virna Lisi
Music byMichel Legrand
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Edited byReginald Beck
Franca Silvi
Distributed byTimes Film Corporation
Release date
  • 3 October 1962 (1962-10-03)
Running time
116 minutes

Plot summary

A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.



Losey said he never would have normally chosen to make a film out of Chase's novel "but I made the film mine more than anything I have ever done."[2]

Losey said later the producers made cuts without his permission and the film was a disappointment to him.[3]

Critical reception

The New York Times concluded "Mr. Losey said the producer ruined it by cutting. The rejoinder is: He didn't cut it enough";[4] while in a similarly unfavourable review, Dennis Schwartz opined "The story itself is the film’s main problem, because it is so unsettling and perverse. It never lets in any sunlight";[5] however Derek Winnert noted "Losey’s dark thriller is really rather effective and underrated, and the actors are spot on in tailor-made roles."[6]


  1. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. Making Waves, Revised and Expanded: New Cinemas of the 1960s. A&C Black, 2013. ISBN 1623566916.
  2. FILM CRAFT: Joseph Losey talks to Peter Lennon The Guardian (1959-2003); London (UK) [London (UK)]09 July 1962: 5.
  3. EXPATRIATE RETRACES HIS STEPS: Joseph Losey Changes Direction With His British 'Servant' By EUGENE ARCHER. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]15 Mar 1964: X9.
  4. Crowther, Bosley (June 5, 1965). "The Screen: Jeanne Moreau as Eva:Romantic Drama Opens at Little Carnegie" via NYTimes.com.
  5. "EVA – Dennis Schwartz Reviews".
  6. "Eva **** (1962, Stanley Baker, Jeanne Moreau, Virna Lisi, James Villiers, Lisa Gastoni) – Classic Movie Review 3999". July 11, 2016.
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