Joel McCrea in a black and white still from the 1941 film 'Sullivan's Travel's' directed by Preston Sturges. He is wearing a suit and a wide-brimmed hat and is carrying a bindle over his shoulder as he walks down a tree lined country road.
Joel McCrea in a black and white still from the 1941 film 'Sullivan's Travel's' directed by Preston Sturges. He is wearing a suit and a wide-brimmed hat and is carrying a bindle over his shoulder as he walks down a tree lined country road.
Sullivan's Travels (1941) Park Circus

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Sullivan's Travels

Preston Sturges | USA | | PG
Film

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Cinémathèque’s Preston Sturges season will take place at The Capitol with ACMI Cinemas currently closed due to urgent building works. There is no box office at The Capitol, so new memberships must be purchased online or at the ACMI Tickets and Information Desk, which will remain open until 7:30pm on screening nights. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming Cinematheque members back to the ACMI Cinemas soon.

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A dissatisfied musical-comedy director (Joel McCrea) abandons his muse, takes on the appearance of the unemployed masses and goes in search of the Depression-era reality that the movies seldom reveal.

Sturges’ influential classic is one of the great movies about filmmaking and both a critique and paean to classic Hollywood values and the power of cinema. Deftly oscillating between comedy and pathos, slapstick and chain-gang drama, it also stars Veronica Lake in her most luminous and fondly remembered role. The key inspiration for the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

Format: Black & White, DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 90 mins

When

Duration

90 mins

Rating

PG

Where

The Capitol
113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

How to get there

Membership options

Mini membership
(3 consecutive weeks)
$27–$32

Annual memberships
$153–295

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Also screening on Wed 2 Mar

About the program

Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was the great shooting star of 1940s Hollywood cinema. Brought up by an itinerant mother who travelled to Europe to follow the likes of Isadora Duncan and Aleister Crowley, Sturges came to prominence in a burst of creativity and success on Broadway in the late 1920s before a ten-year stint as a jobbing and well-paid screenwriter for various studios including Paramount...

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Preston Sturges

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