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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges$
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Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406550

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.001.0001

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O Preston, Where Art Thou?

O Preston, Where Art Thou?

(p.293) Chapter 14 O Preston, Where Art Thou?
Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Sarah Kozloff

Edinburgh University Press

Compared to other directors of Classical Hollywood films, Sturges has faded from view. This chapter illustrates his continued influence on contemporary cinema’s general penchant toward wordplay, verbosity, irony, and postmodern pastiche. Joel and Ethan Coen and Wes Anderson acknowledge their debt to Sturges. This chapter also argues that a contemporary French romantic comedy, Heartbreaker (Chaumeil, 2010), comes closest to capturing Sturges’s wild blend of impersonation, witty dialogue, and genuine heartbreak.

Keywords:   Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Heartbreaker, postmodern, dialogue, verbosity

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