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Christmas in July: The Life and Art of Preston Sturges

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In this first critical biography of Preston Sturges, Diane Jacobs brings to life the great comic filmmaker whose career Andrew Sarris described as "one of the most brilliant and bizarre bursts of creation in the history of the American cinema." Jacobs uses letters and manuscripts never before revealed, as well as interviews with people who knew Sturges—including three of his wives—to portray this fascinating, contradictory man. In addition to discussing his major films, she also examines heretofore unknown work and shows that Sturges was highly creative even near the end of his life, a time when many believed he had lost his touch.

Sturges secured his place in film history as the creator of such classic films as The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, and The Palm Beach Story. In 1939 he became the first screenwriter to win the right to direct his own script—the result was the Oscar-winning The Great McGinty. Creator of Unfaithfully Yours, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and Hail the Conquering Hero, he was the third highest-paid man in the United States by the late 1940s. He owned a swank Hollywood restaurant and was known as an ebullient raconteur as well as a world-famous filmmaker. A little over a decade later, Sturges died in New York, impoverished and rejected by Hollywood.

The euphoria of success, the fitfulness of luck, the promise and poignancy of the American Dream—the themes of Sturges's work also marked the man. Diane Jacobs achieves a singular success in illuminating his extraordinary life.

About the Author

Diane Jacobs has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times and the Village Voice. She is the author of Hollywood Renaissance (1977) and ". . . but we need the eggs": The Magic of Woody Allen (1982).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520089280
Subtitle:
The Life and Art of Preston Sturges
Author:
Jacobs, Diane
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
Sturges, preston, 1898-1958
Subject:
Film - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19941003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
525
Dimensions:
8.84x5.96x1.34 in. 2.03 lbs.

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