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★★★★★ While screwball comedies may be known primarily for their fast wit and heartfelt romance, they're also significant for their engagement with the post-Depression American landscape. In many instances, this meant setting up unlikely relationships between millionaires and ordinary people to highlight the social gulf and to celebrate human resilience. Sullivan's Travels (1941), released on Blu-ray this week, saw comedy stalwart Preston Sturges aim for the social conscience of Frank Capra's more serious pictures, and come away with a film which not only portrayed the times beautifully, but also argued passionately for the value of cinema as a tonic for the downtrodden.

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