Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited. The films are free and popcorn is served! Showtime is 7 pm.
8/14 — All About Eve (1950), 138 minutes
8/28 – All About My Mother (1999), 95 minutes, In Spanish with English subtitles (original title: Todo Sobre Mi Madre)
All About Eve set a record for most Academy Award nominations (14, and held that record alone until Titanic and La La Land tied it in 1997 and 2016), winning six, including three of the big ones (Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Joseph Mankiewicz). It’s the story of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) working her way from being a fan of stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis) to being her understudy to ultimately threatening her career and personal relationships. Great in every way, All About Eve was among the first films to be chosen by the Library of Congress and National Film Registry for preservation as historically, aesthetically, or culturally important.
All About My Mother was one of those films that made 1999 a memorable year. Though it begins with the depressing premise of a single mother losing her son in a car accident on his seventeenth birthday, the mood is buoyed by the strength of its characters and wise handling of complex as the mother relocates, tries to reunite with the boy’s father, and forms new relationships. Writer and director Pedro Almodovar already a reputation for making colorful comedies, but this marks the beginning of a mature turn for him. Winner of several awards, including the Best Foreign Picture at the Oscars, it contains references to older films, including All About Eve.