Brigadoon

Brigadoon (1954)

Originally published March 16th, 2015 The addition of a wide-screen format can provide a grander sense of scope for particular films. The best example I always use is the phenomenal Todd-AO transfer of Oklahoma! But, as much as a wider screen allowed for, what was presumed to be, a grander filmgoing experience, worthy of trumping the…

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The Great McGinty (1940)

We’ve touched on three of Sturges’ better known efforts this week, so let’s take a step back and go to the beginning of his directing career. The Great McGinty was our first foray into Preston Sturges: director, after he’d found respect writing scripts. He sold this to Paramount for $10 under the auspices he’d be…

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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

They say “if at first you don’t succeed…get a divorce and everything will work itself out.” Okay, that’s not totally the adage as we know it, but that’s the plan for Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) in Preston Sturges’ delightful tale of love, matrimony, and alimony, The Palm Beach Story. Recently released and lovingly restored to…

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The Lady Eve (1941)

We kick off The July Five 2015 with five days devoted to director Preston Sturges. Sturges is a director with deft comedic timing, a flair for dialogue and banter, and an adroit mix of social commentary and narrative. It is this latter element that can turn off audiences looking for more straightforward comedy or snazzy…