1 Year, 100 Movies: #61 Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

sullivans-travels-movie-poster-1941-1020142771For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

I’d never even heard of this movie before but I loved it. It’s an intellegent dramatic comedy (among other things) about a filmmaker, Sullivan (Joel McCrea) longing to create a socially concious movie of the suffering in the world, but the only type of film he knows how to make are comedies. He realizes with his plush life and lack of hardships that he must experience suffering himself first hand before he can attempt such a film. He goes out into the world, but the studio executives have reporters on his tail. He bribes them with a vacation so he can go off on his own, but events aspire that keep him headed back for Hollywood. He meets up with a girl (simply called The Girl) (Veronical Lake), and they set off on their adventures together. Eventually Sullivan does come into some true trouble and comes to realize that people that are suffering don’t want to see movies about other people suffering, they want to laugh.

The director Preston Sturges mixes pretty much every conceivable cinematic genre type and tone possible: tragic melodrama, farce, prison film, serious drama, social documentary, slapstick, romance, comedy, action, and even musical thrown in just for kicks. The awesome thing is that it works.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



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