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This masterpiece by Preston Sturges is perhaps the finest movie-about-a-movie ever made. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou-a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, he hits the road as a hobo. He finds the lovely Veronica Lake-and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.
This Criterion Collection DVD uses filmmaker Preston Sturges's best-known film as a springboard to assess the filmmaker's life. For the film itself, there's a sparkling transfer of the comedy and some cagey commentary by modern-day humorists Christopher Guest and Michael McKean (among others). There's just the right number of production stills, backstage photos, publicity materials, and some intriguing storyboards and blueprints of how the film was shot. Even better is the material on Sturges himself. Included are radio segments of Sturges reciting poetry, singing songs, and interviewing Hedda Hopper--the kind of stuff that falls through the cracks on many definitive DVDs. A new interview with Sturges's last wife, Sandy, fills in some key points of the filmmaker's later years. Yet the crown jewel of this disc is the 76-minute documentary that won an Emmy for writer-critic Todd McCarthy (Visions of Light). "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer" is an entertaining tale of Sturges's intriguing life and how he redefined, forever, the role of the screenwriter in Hollywood. --Doug Thomas
What could be bad about this film with the beautiful Veronica Lake in it?Published 9 days ago by Thomas C. Vincent
This picture has it all going for it. I love the era of movie making. The story and casting will embed into your brain for a happy memory for a long time to come.Published 10 days ago by Blaine Dunzweiler
Surprisingly entertaining. Veronica Lake is remarkably talented and funny.Published 18 days ago by Lisa J Rizzo
Watched it today. It is amazing! The story is very appropriate to watch with the things going on in this country today :-)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Too silly and obvious. I couldn't watch more than half an hour of this.Published 2 months ago by Barry W. Brown
This is a movie with a really good plot!! It holds us well and is a mixture of light comedy with some very dramatic moments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Lance Lenon
We have seen this story and a few other movies, but Joel McRae and Rita Hayworth are definitely eye candy for many. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ClarityOfMind
Firstly, this is a region B so don't get it if you have a US only player.
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