Sullivan's Travels

April 18, 2015

The Film Forum in NYC is having a Preston Sturges festival at the moment, so me and Nicole made a trip into the city to see Sullivan's Travels on the big screen! We were originally planning on seeing Christmas in July, Easy Living and Remember the Night as well but some scheduling conflicts arose and we had to narrow it down to one movie. It ended up being a blessing in disguise though because after we shifted our schedules around we ended up being in the right place at the right time -- we ran into Jane Krakowski in a little stationery shop while we were in New York! Me and Nicole are both big fans of 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt so we were pretty excited! I'm sure I seemed crazy, raving about 30 Rock as if my life revolved around it (it does) but I feel like it's such a rare privilege to be able to tell someone you admire how much you love their work.

But, enough gushing about modern tv -- this is a classic movie blog, after all ;)

Sullivan's Travels is one of my all time favorite movies. I tend to use the phrase "favorite movie" liberally, but in this case it really is in my top 5, and it has been since I blogged about it way back when I first started Silents and Talkies in 2009. It was one of those rare posts where I actually wrote about the meaning behind the movie and its place in cinema history rather than just going on and on about how much I love it. Honestly everything I would want to say about the movie was already said in that post, so if you want you can check it out here.

The movie-going experience itself was absolutely perfect. The audience responded in the correct ways (laughing at funny scenes, dead silence during the sad scenes) which (as I've blogged about numerous times before) can sometimes be a problem at The Film Forum. It seems to me like the audiences have behaved better during afternoon or morning screenings, so I'm going to try to schedule my visits accordingly from now on and see if that helps.

I'm not sure what it is about seeing movies in theaters, but emotionally I seem to respond more than I would if I was watching at home. Sullivan's Travels is technically a comedy, but its depiction of human suffering is as heartbreaking as any of the dramas from the same era. While it has always moved me during the countless times I popped in the dvd at home, this time I was fighting back tears. By the same token, I think I laughed harder at the humorous scenes and I even appreciated Veronica Lake's performance more than I ever have before. There's something about her delivery, especially in her first scene in the film, that is just so perfect I can't even describe it.

Basically, I just felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation for the movie, an actual desire to give the movie a big hug and say "Thank you, Thank you!" I almost wish I could run into the movie in a little stationery shop and pour my heart out to the movie, tell it how much I loved it and how important it was to me.


Millie said...

YAAAY! Love to see a new post!

Also, I must reiterate how stinkin' adorable you guys are. I think that is one of my favorite photos of you both! You look so happy!

Post-wise: brilliant! I love seeing people's lives through movies. If that makes sense. Like, how you wrote about this movie six (SIX!) years ago, and now, another post with a renewed perspective. Love it!

kate gabrielle said...

@Millie I'm such a dork but I got so excited when I saw all of your comments :D :D :D Thank you!!

Me and Nicole were both in a we-just-met-Jane-Krakowski haze when we took the photo, haha.

And yeah, SIX YEARS. How is this possible? Also, you left the first comment on that post! <33

Kailey said...

This post definitely makes me want to rewatch it! I don't think people give actresses like Veronica Lake enough credit - yes they were stunning, but that comic delivery? That takes real talent! (I feel the same about Marilyn Monroe..!)

I haven't yet had the pleasure of seeing a favorite old film in theater, but it's on my bucket list!

kate gabrielle said...

Kailey - Thank you for the comment! :D I completely agree about Marilyn Monroe, she was SO funny! That scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when she tries talking like the husky-voiced little boy cracks me up SO MUCH every time I watch it!

If you don't have any theaters nearby that play classic movies, try looking on They do re-releases nationwide a few times each year. Last year I saw Christmas in Connecticut and A Christmas Carol and I think they're showing The Sound of Music this week! :)