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Sullivan’s Travels Blu-ray Review

25 May 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Preston Sturges

Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Byron Foulger

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Certificate: PG

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, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The Forgotten: Sharps and Flats (1928)

15 May 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Probably the single most influential piece of film criticism in my life is Manny Farber's piece on Preston Sturges, and in particular his paean to the Sturges stock company ~

"They all appear to be too perfectly adjusted to life to require minds, and, in place of hearts, they seem to contain an old scratch sheet, a glob of tobacco juice, or a brown banana. The reason their faces--each of which is a succulent worm's festival, bulbous with sheer living--seem to have nothing in common with the rest of the human race is precisely because they are so eternally, agelessly human, oversocialized to the point where any normal animal component has vanished. They seem to be made up not of features but a collage of spare parts, most of them as useless as the vermiform appendix."

There are things I don't love about Farber—his insistence upon virility as a »

- David Cairns

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