Tonight is the official kick-off to the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival. They place a big screen in Grant Park and showcase different classic movies every Tuesday night through August 26th. It’s like going to the drive-in without the exhaust fumes and privacy to snuggle up on your date.
However, NOT watching the movie should not be your intention this week because they are showcasing, All About Eve. This 1951 film is an all-time classic and is #16 on AFI’s 100 Best Movies in 100 Years. I’m not sure if you know this or not — but that’s a big deal, a very big deal.
I’m sure you may be asking, “Megan, what is this movie about?” Or even, “Megan, this film was made 36 years before you were born, shouldn’t your classics be considered Austin Powers or Independence Day?”
Well I will answer both of those questions:
1. This drama stars Bette Davis, as Broadway legend Margo Channing. Miss Channing has everything: a successful career, close friends and a man who loves her. She also has a ‘fan’ named Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve is an up and coming actress who manages to worm her way into Margo’s life, in order to “study her like a blueprint”. Eve’s sweet facade is soon seen through by a number of people, but ultimately achieving her goal of Broadway stardom, leaving a trail of unhappiness, and contentment, behind her.
The film won 6 Oscars, including ‘Best Picture,’ so it’s certainly worth your time. Plus, this is one of Bette Davis’ best performances.
2. I love old films and I don’t think they make them like they used to. I’m talking back in the days of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, when actors had to act and actually (GASP!) be good at it! These days, anyone with a pretty face that looks good half naked can make a movie, and in my opinion, they’re just not worth my $8.25 in the theatres on a Friday night.
It’s over at Grant Park between Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street and it starts at 8:57 p.m. Get there early to confirm a spot near the front and bring some snacks! You should definitely bring a blanket, but I suggest taking a chair because the film is a little over two hours. For more information on the event, including the movie itinerary, check out cityofchicago.com.