All About Eve

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All About Eve

1950:

  • 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.

Trivia:

All About Eve holds the record for the greatest number of female acting nominations at the Academy Awards, with four.

Will:

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.

Rating: 8.5/10

Mark:

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.

Rating: 9.5/10

Combined rating: 9/10