Sunday, 13 January 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 21: Mon Jan 21

Sullivan's Travels (Sturges, 1941): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.20pm
This is screening as part of the Screwball! season at BFI Southbank and will be introduced by season curator Peter Swaab.

Chicago Reader review:
'Preston Sturges's remarkable autobiographical 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. The lesson he learns—on a research trip through America's seamy underside—is that the downtrodden masses need Mickey Mouse more than Marx. A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric character.'  Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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