John Hughes, 1950-2009

News of the death of an actor or director can trigger that effect where images, scenes, memories and feelings, previously stored in some unconsciously categorised recess of the mind, rush forward to flood your thoughts in an instant. It happened last year on hearing the sad news of the death of Paul Newman, and again this morning on hearing John Hughes had passed.

The film that first raced to the front of my mind was, of course, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. The film of a generation perhaps, but I say the film of any generation. On the surface for some a popcorn flick with a glut of quotable one-liners to see you through summer, but for me it was much more and on so many different subtle levels. Evidenced by the fact that an indirect reference to it now brings so many emotions flooding back.

This is a nice piece over at The Auteurs Daily, particularly where Alison Willmore talks about the “FightClub theory”, something I’d never heard associated with Ferris.

He may have been paraphrasing but I liked Ferris’ philosophical take on things and still refer to it today….

“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

CS

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