Every creative person imitates their heroes. That’s how we all start out. Doing a vigorous impression of the people we admire.
And it’s usually something salient and fundamental that we steal, ie something worth stealing. Or it should be!
I recently watched a film from the 1940s that has instantly shot into my all time favorite movie list.
It’s called THE LADY EVE and it was written and directed by Preston Sturges.
I knew of his work because I remember watching a BBC documentary about him years ago hosted by Python member Terry Jones.
Terry Jones was a keen fan of Preston Sturges.
And now I understand why.
This movie is sheer bliss executionally.
And as I was watching it I kept thinking of the Coen Bros. And how much they very obviously (and smartly) stole from Preston Sturges.
Damn, I want to steal from him too.
If you haven’t seen any of his films, do so now.