Sullivan's Travels (Sturges, 1941): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.20pm
This is screening as part of the Screwball! season at BFI Southbank and will be introduced by season curator Peter Swaab.
Chicago Reader review:
'Preston Sturges's remarkable autobiographical fantasy (1941) about a
famous comedy director (Joel McCrea) who, after years of turning out
things like Ants in Your Pants of 1940, yearns to create a great
social statement. The lesson he learns—on a research trip through
America's seamy underside—is that the downtrodden masses need Mickey
Mouse more than Marx. A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a
charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric
Here is the trailer.