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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff


Building on existing biographies and published screenplays, this book assesses Preston Sturges’s entire career, paying particular attention to four areas: contexts (genre, studio, authorship), cultural commentaries (race, gender, class, satire), technique (dialogue, performance, music), and impacts (critical reception and ongoing influence). Each chapter blends close analyses of the films with insights drawn from film history and cultural studies to demonstrate that Sturges revolutionized film comedy in the 1940s and that his films continue to influence Hollywood cinema. The contributors asses ... More

Keywords: Preston Sturges, auteur, style, technique, cultural representations, reception, influence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781474406550
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Jaeckle, editor
Department of English Composition, Portland Community College

Sarah Kozloff, editor
Vassar College

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