The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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"I grow on people......like moss...."
Well that was probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
The sardonic wit of Preston Sturges is omnipresent in this superb screwball comedy. It vividly recreates a madcap world where sanity is the exception and where the central couple strives to reach a balance by redefining their relationship. Sturges cleverly de-constructs the genre conventions and undermines viewer's expectations, while at the same time creates brilliantly timed sequences like the one at the end where the moving ballad sung by one suitor leads to the unlikely reconciliation.
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This movie ranks #75 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #77 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
This movie ranks #150 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #153 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #216 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #268 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #299 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #376 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #601 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #646 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #692 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #784 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #881 in The Criterion Collection