O Brother.

1941 was a good year for Preston Sturges. Still hot from releasing The Lady Eve he followed up with Sullivan's Travels, the tale of a director who no longer wants to make mass-market comedies but films that really say something. The something Sullivan's Travels ends up saying is that mass-market comedies serve a purpose: they make people happy, if only for 90 minutes or so. It's an industry and social satire that gets preachy about not being preachy. Whatever. It's funny.

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