Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Film-making advice from Preston Sturges.

Perhaps the greatest comedy director of all time is someone you've never heard of: Preston Sturges. In a kinetic burst of manic energy, Sturges wrote and directed seven hits, seven classics in four years--an output that I can't imagine will ever be matched.

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Christmas in July (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940)

No advertising point here, just something worth thinking and laughing about. Sturges' words of wisdom:

“A pretty girl is better than a plain one. A leg is better than an arm. A bedroom is better than a living room. An arrival is better that a departure. A birth is better than a death. A chase is better than a chat. A dog is better than a landscape. A kitten is better than a dog. A baby is better than a kitten. A kiss is better than a baby. A pratfall is better than anything.”

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