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Sullivan’s Travels

Year: 1941
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Featuring: Joel McCrea / Veronica Lake
Running time: 91min
Certificate: PG

Preston Sturges works his magic in a screwball tale of a film director who goes on the road as a tramp to research his dream project.

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Comedy film director John Sullivan (McCrea) decides to go on the road to research a film about the poor. The adventures that follow are by turns farcical, uproarious, touching and shocking. Sturges said that Sullivan’s Travels committed ‘some horrible crimes against juxtaposition’, but it’s hard to object to its being episodic when the episodes are all so brilliant. The film’s romance is so understated that Veronica Lake is known only as ‘the Girl’, but is none the less sweet for that.

The screening on Mon 21 Jan will be introduced by season curator Peter Swaab.


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