Skip to content
Eye Logo link to homepageEye Film Museum Logo, link to homepage
campagnebeeld Written and Directed by Preston Sturges

Written and directed by Preston Sturges

Written by Preston Sturges

Illustrated by clips from Sturges’ films, Martin Koolhoven talks to screenwriters Annelouise Van Naerssen (Tuscan Wedding) and Luuk van Bemmelen (Soof 3) about what makes Preston Sturges such a brilliant screenwriter. The king of the screwball comedy under the dissecting knife.

poster Written and Directed by Preston Sturges
This autumn, Eye is dedicating a retrospective to Preston Sturges (1898-1959), the man who forced the studios to take the business of screenwriting seriously. Sturges went on to become the best-paid writer in Hollywood, and battled to be allowed to direct his own screenplays. The result was seven brilliant comedies, shot between 1940 and 1945.

Sturges was seen as a biting satirist – a director who excelled at social comedies that strip the sheen from the cheap tinsel of the American Dream. He added incisive social commentary to the screwball comedy of the ’30s, wrapping this in hilarious satire.

With screenwriters Annelouise van Naerssen (Tuscan Wedding) and Luuk van Bemmelen (Soof 3), Martin Koolhoven will try to get to the bottom of Sturges’ talent and skill as a screenwriter. To anatomically dissect his text, illustrated by clips from films including The Great McGinty (1940), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944, 98’). The discussion will be in Dutch.


This movie is suitable for all ages

Production year



105 min.

Event language




Part of

Written and Directed by Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges is one of Hollywood’s Big Names. He took the thirties screwball comedy genre to new heights, with dialogue that still sounds surprisingly natural and mature today.

Learn more
campagnebeeld Written and Directed by Preston Sturges
Planning on having a drink or a bite to eat? Book online for Eye Bar Restaurant.
Share your love for film and become a member of the Eye Society.

Current exhibition

  • 8 June — 29 September 2024

    Albert Serra


Films, talks & events

Show everything

for anytime

in all languages

Sort by