After an extended stay in Germany courtesy of Herzog and Fassbinder, Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies-train pulls into ’50s era USA for All About Eve. Seeing release in 1950, All About Eve is the earliest film I’ve crossed paths with so far in following Ebert’s book. It also has the distinction of having the most engaging characters and sharpest writing.
And so ends awards season. It was a long one (isn’t it always?), and it was populated by movies and performances that all seemed especially deserving. The biggest surprise, though? The fact that the 86th Academy Awards was actually an earnest and entertaining dedication to the year in film.