Sullivan's Travels PG

Actors Veronica Lake and Joel McCrea sitting next to each other in what appears to be a bar or a diner. They are smiling at each other and leaning in towards each other.
22 October
Arc Cinema
$20 / $16 (or Gold Pass for all 6 sessions $75)
Dir: Preston Sturges, PG, United States, 1941, 90mins, DCP,

With Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake  
Sullivan’s Travels is one of the most celebrated of American comedy-dramas from the Depression years (rated the rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes).

To quote Time Out (London): 'An irresistible tale of a Hollywood director, tired of making comedies and bent on branching out with an arthouse epic called O Brother, Where Art Thou?, who sets out to research the meaning of poverty. Suitably costumed as a hobo, he becomes to all intents and purposes a stateless person …  Sullivan’s Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout.'  

An homage, using the same title as Sullivan’s film-within-the-film, was made by the Coen Brothers in 2000. Bosley Crowther in the New York Times in 1942 ranked Sullivan’s Travels as one of the year’s 10 best films and described it as 'a beautifully trenchant satire … A truly brilliant serio-comedy … it crackles with extraordinary humour.'

This screening is part of the Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

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