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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) 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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I'll begin my case for the Adam Sandler raunch-fest That's My Boy by referencing one of the greatest movies ever made, and one which has probably been often used to defend what's perceived as low-art many times before -- Sullivan's Travels. In that classic, comedy director John Sullivan becomes embarrassed about his low brow comedies like Ants in the Pants (a potential title for a Sandler movie if there ever was one) and goes out to live among America's homeless so that he can direct a more "serious" effort for the common man, O Brother Where Art Thou? As is prone to happen to a penniless hobo, Sullivan ends up in jail by the end of the movie, spending more time than he bargained for...
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Our daily countdown continues. Here is the fifth out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 260-251.
260) Sunrise (1927) F. W. Murnau USA/Germany Silent
259) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Peter Jackson USA
257) Intolerance (1916) D. W. Griffith USA Silent
251) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Speilberg USA
250-241 coming next.
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