Regisseur John L. Sullivan wil graag een film maken over armoede, maar zijn producenten wijzen hem er op dat hij daar niets vanaf weet. Daarom kleedt hij zich in oude kleren, en trekt hij zonder geld de wereld in, opdat hij de aspecten van armoede zelf zal ervaren.
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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.
The great irony of "Sullivan's Travels" is that it is, in many ways, a very serious film about the importance of comedy. It's an irony I can imagine Sturges embracing and delighting in, on and off-screen.
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.
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.
"Desire" list: Joel McCrea 2. In one of Preston Sturges smartest and sharping comedies, essay with bitter laughter of a Marxist-Chaplin-ish situation, McCrea reaches one of his peaks with this ambivalent millionaire who discovers in the vagrancy the essence of a breath that money did not allow him to know, namely, the human dignity. Irresistible lesson, made by an actor of the most reliable fineness.
The scene where the prisoners are brought in to watch a movie at the local church sums up everything you need to know about this movie. Yes, it is hilarious and displays Sturges' writing at its best. But the message to take away from it almost makes you feel good for finding such pleasure in something as simple as the two-hour diversion that a movie ultimately is at its most basic level.
A film that should be seen by all the apprentice critics swimming in the dark waters of this site. The first scene between Sullivan and his producers makes it clearer than any 400 pages book why American audience considers cinema as pure entertainment while it is considered as an art in Europe. With the exception of all those who know theauteurs of course. Veronica Lake is gorgeous in pyjama. Masterpiece.
One of my favorite films of all time. What Sullivan finally learns in the end, that the responsibility of a filmmaker isn't about trying to capture stark reality in troubled times, but about bringing some level of light, joy and hope to people, is priceless. Wonderfully philosophical, inspired and charming. A GREAT film.