All About EvePosted: 31 August 2013
All About Eve
- May: The first race in the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
- June: North Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
- October: The comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published in seven U.S. newspapers.
All About Eve holds the record for the greatest number of female acting nominations at the Academy Awards, with four.
Watching All About Eve is a delight. The undercurrents of resentment and hostility that run throughout make it a joy to observe. Bette Davis is fantastic, saying all she needs to merely with a withering look. The dynamic between the cast is electric, every performance contributing something vital to the whole. Through this, they tell a brilliant and funny story of ruthless ambition, that is as pertinent today as it was in 1950.
All About Eve was the film that first inspired our Best Pictures challenge. A friend invited us over to see it at Christmas. He had said it was perhaps the bitchiest film ever made; he lauded Bette Davis’s performance as an acting masterclass; he was absolutely right on both accounts. A stunning film about manipulation, jealously and inevitability; All About Eve easily matches anything we’ve seen in the past eight months. Simply brilliant.