Undercutting the Thesis Comedy: Preston Sturges

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Communications 150 February 18, 1999 Announcements: Lecture Notes: I. Undercutting the Thesis Comedy: Preston Sturges His work was the exact opposite of Frank Capra's, who directed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington o Capra's movies always had a happy-small-town-hero-wins-out kind of ending o He had a very naive approach Sturges had a very cynical attitude about racial, class, and ethnic differences He satirized all of the things that Capra held dear: he turned the goodness of the common man upside down Happy ending but in a different way People are made famous by a role of chance and being in the right situation at the right time, not by fundamental goodness A. Sullivan's Travels Movie about a comedy director who decides to make a soul-searching exploration in his movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou He realizes people aren't interested in that type of movie, so he goes back to making comedies The character Sullivan was a stand-in for Frank Capra
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  • Spring '99
  • Jordan
  • Communications, Film director, Action film, Eddie Murphy, Preston Sturges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Frank Capra Sullivan

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