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My first movie of the year, Sullivan’s Travels, 1941, Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. A director gets the bug to make a relevant feeeelm during the Depression. Having lived a life of boarding schools and great success on silly movies, he dons a black mask and nightly attacks federal buildings and blinds police dresses as […]

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ACF Masters #8: Sullivan’s Travels


Since we’re facing a new Great Depression, here’s a comedy for our times: Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges’s adventure through Great Depression America. From Hollywood to the chain gang, from hoboing on trains to a Southern church where black people sing about Moses setting them free. Prof. Zena Hitz has a new book out, Lost in Thought, about the pleasures and the worth of the intellectual life.