What is populism according to the introduction of "Populism and the Capra Legacy," and how do you see Sullivan's Travels as a film that addresses or satirizes some of the concerns of this movement?
From the same reading, who's "the archetypal author of the populist film," and how does Sturges fit into this mold?
Describe the arc of Preston Sturges Hollywood career.
With that in mind, what does the author of "The Screwball Social Studies of Preston Sturges" mean that Sturges produced a "machine-gun-like hail of classics"?
How does Sturges continue the screwball tradition? And what does he add to it?
How does Sturges' upbringing comparing to the other (onscreen) actors, players, and comedians we've discussed? And how does his upbringing influence his views of authorship, according to Virginia Wright Wexman?
What sensibilities—themes, characters, dialogue, messages, etc.—are present in Sturges' films?
What does Brenda Wineapple mean that Sullivan's Travels "justifies [its] own existence" (153)?
According to Wineapple, how important is an "American" filmgoing audience to the thesis of Sullivan's Travels?
What is an auteur? Can you list 3 of them?
How does Sturges pay homage to Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin in Sullivan's Travels?
How does Sturges' time in Hollywood and tenure at Paramount influence Sullivan's Travels?
What is Sullivan's Travels saying about the genre of comedy?