Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels technically speaking is kind of a self-indulgent film given that its basically Preston Sturges tooting his own horn "aren't comedy films the best!". The film works, and I think it actually does a portrait of the plight of the common man a bit better than some of Frank Capra's films. Sturges knows how to do this without becoming too heavy handed yet he still manages to keep a lighter touch. Even though it successfully tugs at the heart, it's also pretty hilarious to boot, and is an early example of a Hollywood film actually poking fun at itself a bit.

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