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The principles which Hollywood claims as its own rely on notions of decorum proportion formal harmony respect for tradition mimesis self-effecting craftsmanship and cool control of the perceivers response - canons which critics in any medium usually call classical Maltby Through the satirizing of film language and its processes Sullivans Travels brings about an awareness of its own ideology within the framework of Classic Hollywood The film tells the journey of Sully a big time Hollywood director of lightweight comedies wanting to experience suffering in the world before creating his first socially conscious film In the film Hollywood is accurately depicted as a business of entertainment producing pleasure for as much financial gain as possible This in a sense was the Classic Hollywood style with its organized narrative continuity script and structured management and divisions of labor An example of this Hollywood mindset is best understood in the conflict between the artist and the studio In the film Hollywood was best represented in Mr Lebrand as the studio chief who is disinterested in films that teach a moral lesson The long opening scene in the studio chiefs office is a classic Sturges mixture of rapid fire crisp driving dialogue and satirical drama Tired of doing comedies Sullivan wishes his next film would be more relevant and meaningful a true canvas of the suffering of humanity Sullivan This picture is an answer to Communists It shows were awake and not dunking our heads in the sand like a bunch of ostriches I want this picture to be a commentary on modern conditions stark realism the problems that confront the average man Lebrand But with a little sex Sullivan A little but I dont want to stress it I want this picture to be a document I want to hold up a mirror up to life I want this to be a picture of dignity- a true canvas of the suffering of humanity Lebrand
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