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Director: Preston Sturges
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Extras: Audio commentary by Terry Jones, Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer, Kevin Jackson on Sullivan’s Travels, The Preston Sturges Stock Company, Safeguarding Military Information,
Going back in film over 70 years, it is amazing to find features that still resonate today. Sullivan’S Travels is a film with both a brave and important message which can still speak to filmmakers and film audiences today. The message it contains is brave, as it challenges those that wish to tackle suffering, but have never suffered themselves, and asks “What is suffering and what is happiness?”
Joel McCrea plays the titular Sullivan, a film director celebrated for his delightful comedies that certainly fill out the picture houses. However, this is just not enough for Sullivan, »
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Article by Sam Moffitt
It’s tough to say goodbye to Sid Caesar. I’ve been pondering what I can possibly say about a comedy legend who has been around as long as I can remember and contributed so much to comedy, mostly on television but also many times in motion pictures.
Firstly Sid Caesar was in on the ground floor of television, his earliest programs done live in 1949 before the video switch board had even been invented. In those earliest shows the director was on the stage telling the floor managers which cameras and mikes to hook or unhook to the coax and audio cables! Consider that just for a moment!
Caesar’s wonderful book Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter, co written with Eddie Friedfeld tells all about Sid Caesar’s years in show business and the legendary live variety shows; Your Show of Shows »
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Hollywood Goes "Mad"
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the 1963 classic epic comedy directed by Stanley Kramer, is one of those Hollywood train wrecks that you can’t help but like. It’s a one-of-a-kind all-star extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names of mostly 1950s and early 1960s comedy (and a good number of them were known primarily as television actor/comics rather than big screen performers). The United Artists release was one of a current trend of movie star ensemble film in which the producers attempt to throw in as many big names as possible (e.g. Exodus, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Longest Day). As Kramer himself states in a reunion extra that appears on Criterion’s new Blu-ray/DVD combo set, “It would be impossible to make today,” due to the salaries stars demand now. »
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3 items from 2014
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