And the Oscar Goes to…All About Eve

All About Eve hits a number of landmarks. It’s the first Best Picture winner to be primarily about women, it received an unprecedented 14 Oscar nominations, and well, watch my review to find out the rest. It stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, and George Sanders. It’s directed and written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It’s the Best Picture winner of 1950. It’s a tale of the theater like no other. It’s All About Eve.

Raise the Curtain: The Passions and Struggles of Theater

Once, when I was still in grade school, I walked into a dark room with god knows how many seats. Their occupants were all looking up at the biggest screen I had ever laid eyes on; all of them waiting for a film to start. When I was in college years later, I took my seat in an outdoor tent that could get blisteringly hot during the summer months. In front of me was a small, two-tiered stage where actors would soon tell a story to their moderately sized audience

Now more than ever, we live in a world of truly epic and massive cinema. Public theater screens are getting larger with the growing number of IMAX and other large format theaters. Specials effects that grow ever more complex and realistic are allowing filmmakers to fill these large canvases with mind blowing worlds and creatures. Privately, home theater systems are getting bigger and more sophisticated. These attractions can make some less willing to go out to a building or outdoor arena where a group of people are performing a live show, especially with the sometimes high price of admission.

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