Monday, February 14, 2011

The Seven Wonders of Preston Sturges | Vanity Fair | May 2010

In just four years, 1940–44, Preston Sturges wrote and directed seven classics reflecting the America he loved and laughed at  ––  a fast-talking, unpredictable melting pot that seems more real than the visions of Frank Capra or John Ford. Then his luck ran out.

Why you should read this Vanity Fair piece on Preston Sturges, and why you should watch his movies:

     ...  Sturges pictures were a jab in the ribs, a sexy joke whispered in church—a wink, a kiss, and a hiccup. His pictures of life in this country are a lot like life in this country: messy, noisy, sometimes tough to take, sometimes hard to beat.

     ...  Sturges films are not sentimental about America, free speech is dealt with as it is in real American life: people ignore it, make fun of it, or talk over it, and then get back to trying to make a buck.

     ...  “Listen, zipper-puss! Some day they’re just gonna find your hair-ribbon and an axe someplace.”

     ...  Sullivan: Aw, what do they know in Pittsburgh …
          Executive: They know what they like.
          Sullivan: If they knew what they liked, they
          wouldn't live in Pittsburgh!