Love the brashness of Preston Sturges's mid-Century 'screwball' characters. In this clip from Sullivan's Travels (1941), Joel McCrea, a film director, is on a mission. It shows a long-standing literary/artistic clash. Witness Philip Sidney's An Apology For Poetry (1595):
Poesy therefore is an art of imitation, for so Aristotle termeth it in his word Mimesis, that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth -- to speak metaphorically, a speaking picture; with this end, to teach and delight.
Director Sully wants to teach, but his studio guardians insist on the delight, and he reluctantly gives some leeway. The film follows his earnest, yet naive, attempts at what he sees as a kind of social realism -- until he accidentally falls victim to problems he barely, only idealistically, understood.
By the film's end, he's learned something about what's to be taught and how people laboring under social miseries take their art.