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Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges His Life in His Words Preston Sturges was the great writer and director of Hollywood screwball comedies of the thirties and forties Sullivan s Travels The Miracle of Morgan s Creek and The Great McGinty have become film

  • Title: Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words
  • Author: Preston Sturges Sandy Sturges
  • ISBN: 9780671747275
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words By Preston Sturges Sandy Sturges, Preston Sturges was the great writer and director of Hollywood screwball comedies of the thirties and forties Sullivan s Travels, The Miracle of Morgan s Creek, and The Great McGinty have become film classics, demonstrating brilliant, inventive writing and directing At the height of his career, Sturges had not only won an Academy Award but was also one of the most highlyPreston Sturges was the great writer and director of Hollywood screwball comedies of the thirties and forties Sullivan s Travels, The Miracle of Morgan s Creek, and The Great McGinty have become film classics, demonstrating brilliant, inventive writing and directing At the height of his career, Sturges had not only won an Academy Award but was also one of the most highly paid executives in the country.The only account of his life in his own words, Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges unveils the source of his extraordinary creativity a life that was every bit as antic and unconventional as his movies From growing up in Europe with a mother whose best friend was Isadora Duncan to making his way among the beau monde of New York including a marriage to Barbara Hutton s cousin Eleanor Sturges drew on a wealth of madcap experiences to create films of unprecedented comic originality Working with her husband s wonderfully descriptive journals, Sandy Sturges has woven a captivating narrative that reveals a man of remarkable intellect, energy, and warmth.

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    1. Fascinating self told account of the life of writer director Preston Sturges His childhood was virtually picaresque as his adventuresome mother, a close friend of Isadora Duncan, carted him between New York and various European locations while she bounced between relationships and various business entanglements Scathingly funny for the most part, but also touching That it s probably infected by than a touch of exaggeration bothers me not one certainly can understand upon reading this where the [...]

    2. Long a member of my personal Pantheon of those who make me feel proud to be an American, Preston Sturges had one of the most meteoric of all Hollywood careers arriving in California after a brief spell of success as a Broadway playwright, Sturges than anyone else was responsible for liberating screenwriting from a system of committees, bringing an authoral sensibilty to Hollywood which had been absent since the advent of sound Not contented, he finageled his way into the ranks of Hollywood dire [...]

    3. Preston Sturges wrote several of my favorite movies, The Lady Eve and Sullivan s Travels among others His dialogue on the screen is topnotch, his screenplays deeply warm and funny This book is compiled from Sturges work by his wife, Sandy at the recommendation of Sturges son It covers in great detail his early life, traveling in the company of a cast of characters that would fit nicely in a Sturges film, and in fact, probably did There are scenes he lived through that wound up on the screen It s [...]

    4. This is an autobiography finished by Sturges fourth and last much younger wife after he dropped dead of a heart attack at 60 She did an admirable job with his unfinished manuscript, necessitated because he couldn t handle money and had lost the fortune amassed from his brilliant but brief movie career in the early 1940s In writing, as in moviemaking, Sturges was a great storyteller.The writing style is enjoyable, flowing like some of his best scripts But often than not it sounds like diary entr [...]

    5. This is one of the best autobiographies I ve ever read by and about a great writer and filmmaker If you haven t seen any of his films, I recommend them highly but this book will be just as entertaining if you have not seen them A lot of boring people have written about Sturges life, perhaps accurately I don t know but this is far better than anything they ve come up with Perhaps the most awful and funny thing in it is the ending SPOILER ALERT he dies as he s writing the final chapter and the bo [...]

    6. At first I was hoping that he d talk about his film work, but then it turned out to be about his childhood, which was pretty interesting and wacky too Aleister Crowley totally found him to be an annoying little brat of a child Guess he just didn t get Preston s sophisticated sense of humor.

    7. Good stuff, but only for we geeks who have already seen the movies Just typing about it makes me want to go watch Hail the Conquering Hero.

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