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Preston Sturges, The Academy Award Winning Playwright Who Was The First Screenwriter To Evolve Into A Film Diector, Who Took The Screwball Comedy And Turned It Inside-Out With A Mix Of Low-Brow Comedy And High-Brow Social Commentary, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 58 Minutes.) #PrestonSturges #Directors #FilmDirectors #Screenwriters #Playwrights #Hollywood #ClassicalHollywoodCinema #ClassicalHollywoodNarrative #ClassicHollywoodCinema #GoldenAgeOfHollywood #OldHollywood #SilverScreen #Film #Movies #Stage #Theater #Theatre #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Preston Sturges, American film director, screenwriter, and playwright (August 29, 1898 - August 6, 1959) was born Edmund Preston Biden in Chicago, Illinois. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. It is not uncommon for a Sturges character to deliver an exquisitely turned phrase and take an elaborate pratfall within the same scene. A tender love scene between Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve was enlivened by a horse, which repeatedly poked its nose into Fonda's head. Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts, however Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to establish success as a screenwriter and then move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were separate. Sturges famously sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for 1 USD, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to 10 USD by the studio for legal reasons. Preston Sturges died of a heart attack at the Algonquin Hotel on August 6, 1959 while writing his autobiography (which, ironically, he had intended to title The Events Leading Up to My Death), and was interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. His book, Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges: His Life in His Words, was published in 1990. In 1975, he became the first writer to be given the Screen Writers Guild's Laurel Award posthumously. He has a star dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1601 Vine Street.