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Here are five comic masterpieces by Preston Sturges. The scripts are drawn from the great period between 1939 and 1944, which Andrew Sarris called 'one of the most brilliant and most bizarre bursts of creation in the history of cinema.'
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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 26, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520055640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520055643
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These screenplays contain some of the wittiest lines ever written. To my taste, Preston Sturges wrote better dialogue than Shakespeare. This volume contains the screenplay to one of my favorite films, "Christmas in July" -- one of the warmest and funniest fims ever made. Puts Shakespeare back with the shipping news.
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Preston Sturges stands out among the writer/directors of the 30's and 40's (how many others were there? I can think only of John Huston) for his wittily jaded takes on politics, the battle of the sexes, art and patriotism. But if you're looking at this review, you're a fan already, so I'll just tell you the titles in this volume:

* The Great McGinty

* Christmas in July

* The Lady Eve

* Sullivan's Travels

* Hail the Conquering Hero

Good films all, and the last two classics.
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Aside from the screenplays, this book contains "notes," actually a history of the writing of each screenplay, which is great if you are conducting research on Sturges. The notes are not very well written but they sometimes provide valuable insights.
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Sturges was brilliantly funny, and these scripts are beautifully constructed. Make a point to see HAIL, THE CONQUERING HERO; it's his best film, and includes arguably his funniest scene (the mayor dictates a speech to his son then his secretary).
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