Here are two more good old movie classics you can watch on youtube. This, by the way, is how I have a vacation.
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) is Preston Sturges‘ tale of a Hollywood film director (Joel McRae) who wants to make a serious movie about poverty, after becoming rich and famous by making musical comedies. Because Sullivan doesn’t know anything about poverty and hard times, he decides to find out, first-hand, by hitting the road as a hobo.
Now I hate musicals. All that singing and dancing–I mean, what would happen if you were out on a date, and you started singing to her instead of talking? But Serious Mainstream Films are worse. A high school pal of mine once said, “You only watch movies, but Wild Strawberries is a film!” It turned out he’d never seen the blasted thing.
Hey, if you want to produce great art, tell a great story… and the art will take care of itself.
Which is exactly what Preston Sturges succeeded in doing with Sullivan’s Travels. Oh, it’s a comedy, all right. But prepare to be surprised, big-time.
In An Inspector Calls (1954), Alistair Sim (Scrooge!) is a police inspector who shows up unexpectedly at an engagement dinner at a rich family’s house, to ask these posh individuals what they know about the horrible suicide of a certain young woman. It turns out they each had a connection with her that doesn’t do them credit. And then–
But you gotta see it for yourself. Really. I guarantee the ending will surprise you right out of your socks.