This masterpiece by Preston Sturges is perhaps the finest movie-about-a-movie ever made. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, he hits the road as a hobo. He finds the lovely Veronica Lake—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. —The Criterion Collection
One of Hollywood’s genuinely legendary directors, Preston Sturges redefined the boundaries and meaning of screen comedy as a filmmaker during part of the early ‘40s. The full range of his influence on movies, however, extended far beyond the director’s chair or the success of the pictures that he helmed. Sturges first made his mark in Hollywood as a screenwriter through a series of acclaimed (and still-admired) scripts across the 1930s whose qualities still resonate seven decades later.
The son of a socially prominent couple, he was born Edmund Preston Biden in Chicago in 1898. He had a cosmopolitan upbringing throughout Europe and America, and served in the Air Corps during World War I. He worked for a time in his mother’s cosmetics company before moving into other fields, including inventing. Sturges began writing plays in the late ’20s, creating one major hit, Strictly Dishonorable, which was subsequently filmed twice, the first time in 1931 by John M. Stahl (in a form surprisingly… read more
This movie mixes me up: on the one hand did we need all those playacting hobos &convicts when the least bit of documentary realism would have meant so much;?; and laughter as panacea huh well naive at best... and yet one marvels at how this ever got made in Hollywood! The scenes in the poorhouse & jail and the (radical) shifts between genres do have some real power... And then too there are the terrific gags...
A essência da comédia.
Por vezes, damos connosco a pensar, como seria viver de outra forma? É uma natural ordem de pensamento esta, se bem que, raras são as vezes que passa… read review
Preston Sturges had been in movies for a dozen years when he wrote and directed ’Sullivan’s Travels’ and so had the dirt on how things really worked at the Dream Factory. The film is at once an hommage… read review
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“Sullivan’s Travels” is Preston Sturges’ best film in my opinion. Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake’s onscreen relationship quite simply ‘astonishes’ lovers… read review