But sullivan's relative opaqueness helps make him an utterly genial companion on his swiftian tour of america at the moment before the great depression crashed on the beachhead of world war ii awaiting the release of the lady eve, sturges began writing sullivan's travels in early february 1941, and shot it from may. Summary a movie director tires of making fluffy comedies and decides to make a make a serious film about life during the great depression however, he knows nothing about poverty or suffering, so to broaden his horizons he disguises himself as a tramp and takes a journey across america, finding love with an. Films like sullivan's travels and the grapes wrath featured characters who had to hitch to get around but perhaps the 1934 masterpiece it happened one night did more than any other movie to popularize the practice in the film, clark gable and claudette colbert are trying to travel up the east coast without being. The real charm of sullivan's travels is the way it exposes hollywood's mediation of the depression and the trauma it inflicted on the surface, the plot of sullivan's travels advocates a completely reactionary political position, particularly when one keeps in mind the labor and political unrest that engulfed. Although it was released during the first year of the great depression, the 1930 film high society blues captured the speculative hope and prosperity of the for many in texas, oklahoma, kansas, and arkansas who were “baked out, blown out, and broke,” their only hope was to travel west to california. Sullivan's travels (1942) synopsis john l sullivan (joel mccrea) is a director of such lightweight fare as ants in your plants of 1939 and so long, sarong, but he dreams instead of making a socially conscious drama, o brother, where art thou he sells the studio executives on the picture and sets out on a trip across. It was a sprint worthy of his greatest farces: between 1937 and 1944, preston sturges made some of the funniest films hollywood ever produced, including the great mcginty, the lady eve, sullivan's travels, the palm beach story, the miracle of morgan's creek, and hail the conquering hero.
Sullivan's travels movie clips: buy the movie: http://amzn to/v8nl0h don't miss the hottest new trailers: also, apparently this scene was so ahead of its time in portraying african-american characters with dignity that it was personally commended by the head of the naacp. Sullivan's travels - a classic comedy by preston sturges, a brilliant look at the movies themselves superb film, funny, touching & a great plot twist the tone of the film shifts to a serious and brilliantly crafted exploration of america during the great depression so confident is the filmmaking that sturges is. Perennially underrated to the point where folks like me probably tend to overrate it some, it's often thought of as the film world's greatest satire of itself sullivan's travels is packed with all brands of humor ranging from snappy wit to sennett- esque slapstick before taking a sharp turn towards the end to.
Screwball comedies with absurd premises and popular stars were a staple of thirties hollywood to help make people temporarily forget the misery of the great depression sullivan's travels made at paramount in 1941 when world war ii was already raging in europe was one of the last of the genre, and. Read common sense media's sullivan's travels review, age rating, and parents guide screen classic follows john sullivan (joel mccrea), a hotshot hollywood director with two butlers and a string of comedy hits, but, with the great depression, communism how do you feel about the characters of color in this movie. American madness during the height of the great depression a populist bank present is saved from financial ruin by his small depositors sullivan's travels a hollywood director sets out to discover what tragic life feels like first hand, befriends a beautiful cynic, and learns that comedy is more important than pathos.
A great film is a succession of great scenes the film in progress was sullivan's travels, written and directed by preston sturges in 1941 they're crammed with eccentric characters, improbable plots, fabulous dialogue, and dazzling movie stars—dazzling in the way only the stars of the thirties and forties can be. In the heart of the depression, sturges—already renowned for his comedies— made a movie about a director, john l sullivan (joel mccrea), who is renowned and, as great as the coen brothers are, sturges has stayed a step ahead of them in one particular regard: he filmed his hollywood conflicts and. The coen brothers often steal ideas from sullivan's travels for their similarly funny masterworks, most obviously when they made a real movie called o brother slumming it: sullivan and his attempt to go from riches to rags to gain a proper perspective for his film adaptation of the great depression drama oh, brother. All about 'sullivan's travels', an outstanding comedy movie directed by preston sturges and starring joel mccrea and veronica lake in the united states national film registry by the library of congress and in 2007, it was ranked at number 61 in the american film institute's list of greatest movie of all time.
The title is borrowed from the movie-within-a-movie that the protagonist of sturges's masterwork, sullivan's travels, intends to make about the “common thus the coens' film: nominally a movie about the travails of a trio of chain-gang escapees making their way across depression-era mississippi in fact. Synopsis a happy-go lucky hitch-hiker on the highway to happiness he wanted to see the world but wound up in lover's lane successful movie director john l sullivan, convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey , aiming to. Despite often being cited as his masterpiece, sullivan's travels is preston sturges' most deeply ambiguous and contradictory film though fantasy (1941) about a famous comedy director (joel mccrea) who, after years of turning out things like ants in your pants of 1940, yearns to create a great social statement.
Sullivan's travels is a 1941 american comedy film written and directed by preston sturges it is a satire about hollywood's top director of comedies, played by joel mccrea, who longs to make a socially relevant drama, but eventually learns that creating laughter is his greatests contribution to society the film features one of. He leaves the studio to find the real america the dust-covered land still reeling from the great depression sully's fictional pilgrimage was sturges' dark night of the soul sullivan's travels – with its level-headed vision of hollywood – gave the director the room to pick himself up again during a moment of.
Preston sturges's “sullivan's travels” remains one of the great american film satires of hollywood with the nation still in the pre-war throes of the great depression, filmmaker john l sullivan (joel mccrea) sets out to make a serious picture to be titled “o brother where art thou” about the suffering of the unemployed. Sullivan's travels, not to be confused with jonathan swift's literary satire gulliver's travels, may be the film industry's most poignant self-satire on its own social commentary called o brother, where art thou about the despair of depression-era america, though the template is no doubt ford's grapes of. Sullivan's travels (1941) is generally considered one of celebrated writer/director preston sturges' greatest dramatic comedies - and a satirical statement of his own director's creed one of his more interesting and intelligent films from a repertoire of about twelve films in his entire career, sturges' sullivan's travels satirizes.