Week 6: SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
We always like to include at least one 'hidden gem' classic, and "Sullivan's Travels" has been a contender for several years now. Number 61 on the American Film Institutes "100 Years" Best Movies, this film was a source of inspiration for many contemporary directors, including the Coen Brothers and Robert Zemeckis.
The title was informed by Jonathan Swift's classic sorry "Gulliver's Travels", and the narrative takes a similarly wry look at a man's journey of self-discovery.
Writer and director Preston Sturges, a native Chicagoan, made seven movies in four years (!), including "Sullivan's Travels". At one point he was the third highest paid man in America for his work in Hollywood and enjoyed significant creative control over his movies. However, ongoing disagreements with studio executives -- including the inclusion of Veronica Lake in Sullivan's Travels -- eventually undermined his career.