Screwball

The Great McGinty

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It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a more timely, accurate and hilarious rendition of the perils and possibilities of American politics than The Great McGinty,  a delightful Preston Sturges tongue-in-cheek effort from 1940.

Often classified as a satire, at this point in our democratic evolution, it may be more of a cautionary tale for those interested enough to learn from the past.

Sturges had written a number of successful scripts, but he agreed to sell the story to Paramount for just $10 (such a deal!) with the understanding that he be allowed to direct.  Pretty savvy negotiating and it wound up netting him an Academy Award the following year for Best Original Screenplay.
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Screwball

The Lady Eve

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I can’t begin to tell you who said it, but it has long been known in the annals of popular culture that comedy is serious business.  No single person epitomizes this wisdom more than Preston Sturges.  Through his captivating tales and playful approach, he came to be associated with what has often been called the “screwball” genre, though in fact his focus and his way of telling a story were extremely innovative and ground-breaking.

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