Sunday, December 23, 2012

Preston Sturges and the power of laughter

"There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan."
-- John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) in "Sullivan's Travels" by Preston Sturges

We exchanged one set of CHRISTMAS gifts last night.
I woke up early today so I could watch one of my gifts on DVD before heading to work.
"SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS" by PRESTON STURGES stars JOEL McCREA as a film director who has convinced himself he must make a "serious" motion picture to gain credibility.
To ensure he has sufficient background for the film, he sets out to live the life of a hobo.
The pitfalls of the streets prove to be more of a challenge than he expected, and he makes several significant discoveries -- both about himself and human nature in general -- during his adventures.
Sturges is a hero of mine. He was a screenwriter who became a film director, and truly did "author" the films he made.
I recommend seeing any Sturges film. His way with wit is one of life's true pleasures, and he knew the power of laughter.


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