Screwball comedy and also Hollywood’s greatest Rorschach test. In one film Preston Sturges threw action, adventure, slapstick, melodrama, romance, social documentry and even a prison movie at the screen. All of it sticks and there’s any number of ways to interpret it. (I’m going with “poor people are to be avoided”).
A sublime balance of comedic modes: wisecracks, pratfalls and satiric asides, crafted with zest, zip and a minimum of exposition before the affecting second-half boils off the sugar. The morality is worn lightly, the romance touching and the playing spot-on: the epitome of lick, spit and polish - with a backbone of decency too. The confounding of the faux Hollywood travel with the darker second journey is superb.
A hilarious and bittersweet ride of a comedy. The story follows a not so successful film director who intends against the studio's will to make a film about poverty. But to do so, he wants to live trough the suffering and trouble of being a tramp. This film perfectly expresses that sometimes, the journey matters so much more than the goal itself. It is also very well written, directed and acted too.
Un detalle interesante en "Los viajes de Sullivan" es que no espera hasta el final para teorizar la premisa de su trama. Esa concepto áspero sobre la polaridad de la riqueza y la pobreza, además de una autocrítica ante la no asistencia de un cine comprometido, no es más que el punto de partida que irá camino a la reconsideración. Lo que en principio lucía como factible, al final luce como una perspectiva apresurada.
Nearly 70 years later, Sullivan's Travels still holds up as one of the best dramatic comedies ever made. Even the most abhorrent of today's modern audiences will be sucked into its spell. You can see the influences this film has had tonally with Spielberg, Hill, and the Coens. It perfectly captures the contradictory nature of making a movie about things you've never actually felt. A wonderful, marvelous little movie.
What this does is something very unexpected and very honest about things such as privilege, and works as a fine moral as well. Sturges has the sense and self awareness to mock himself and others like him who try to make "serious" pictures, as if they truly know a thing about suffering. It ends on an uplifting message of laughter is the best medicine, but it still finishes it's story with a hint of irony in the end.
Essential cinema. Masterful satirical achievement that concerns a filmmaker tired of making 'fluff' who sets to the road as a tramp to discover truth, hunger and pain to better make an 'important' film. The truth he eventually uncovers comes as a surprise to him. Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake were never better in a film full of wonderful performances and memorable moments throughout.
Well this was as Hollywood as a movie gets. I know it's considered a classic and gets high praise from a lot of people but I just couldn't get into it. It was sentimental, predictable and about as subtle as a tornado. The message was conveyed in a very heavy-handed manner and probably wasn't as profound as the director thought it was. It had some fun moments but I prefer my movies a little less trite and polished.
Preston Sturgess knows that every joke has a victim and decidedly makes him go through the hardships of poverty and anonymity for our own amusement. The chemistry between Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake is the heart of this hilarious and life affirming meta-cinematic exercise.