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John’s Hughes Information • John Hughes was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing Michigan. • He moved to Chicago, Illinois with his family at the age of 13. • He graduated from Glenbrook North High School in 1968. Went on to attend Arizona State, but later on dropped out. • He was married to Nancy Ludwig ,who was Hughes' high-school sweetheart. • Hughes died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009. • The pilot episode of the NBC comedy Community broadcasted September 17, 2009 was dedicated to Hughes • The episode included references to The Breakfast Club and it ended with the cover of “Don’t you forget about Me”.
Beginning of career • His first big break happen when he began working for a magazine company called “National Lampoon”. • In the magazine he wrote a piece called “Vacation 58” based on his experience with family vacations. This inspired the film “ National Lampoon Family Vacation”. • He became an advertising copywriter, in which he made some ads for 7-UP. • He wrote short stories, magazine articles, published novels, and he also wrote jokes for stand-up comedians like Rodney Dangerfield. • In 1985 he entered a multiple-picture contract with Paramount. • In 1988 Hughes Entertainment became part of Universal.
Writing, writing, writing • John Hughes never stopped writing, he was quite known for this. During the 1980s, he created screenplays faster than Hollywood could make them into movies. • John Hughes is known for directing producing, and writing his films. • He was influenced by Stanley Kubrick, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg directing styles.
Whathis films have! • John Hughes capture the youth of the 1980s and '90s with his teen movies. • In his films the characters want to defy their own stereotypes and break out of the molds that society had placed on them. In such movies like (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink) ___________________________
Hughes Films Had... • He took teens and their problems seriously. Hughes present teen problems with a seriousness and comedy that entertain the viewer, but also made them sympathize with teen problems. Ex: The Breakfast Club,” its deeper narrative of the film speaks to timeless elements of the teen experience, like questions of belonging and identity that get to the heart of what it means to be an adolescent • He helped changed the music that Americans listened to. Hughes helped bring bands into the American mainstream. Many artist benefited from Hughes’s connections: The Beatles' "Twist and Shout" became a hit again after being heard in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.”
A majority of Hughes' films were set in the North Shore of suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area. • Another element that remain consistent through his movies was a strong emphasis on current time music • He included additional scenes under and after the closing credits • He used freeze frame as a closing shot before the credits and non -linear montages • Freeze Frame Example (Breakfast Club) What Hughes do in HIS film
FrequentActors: Molly Ringwald. Matthew Broderick. Anthony Michael Hall
SixteenCandles(1984) Plot: High schoolsophomore Samantha Baker struggles to get through the day on her 16thbirthday. Her entire family has forgotten about it because her older sister Ginny is getting married. She has a major crush on a popular attractive senior Jake Ryan, who might possibly be crushing on her too. The movie ends with Sam and Jake sharing a kiss . Actors: Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall Sixteen Candles
Pretty in Pink(1986) Pretty in Pink is one of the writer's most dramatic stories about teen life. Plot:A young girl who is broke but happyand there is rich boy both are starting to falling in love. Unfortunately, peer pressure and class differences get in the way, creating conflict on both sides of the tracks.The girl must choose between the affections of her childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. • Actors:Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton Pretty In Pink
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off(1986) Plot: Ferris Bueller decides to skip school by faking an illness to his parents, then encourages his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson and his pessimistic best friend, Cameron Frye to spend the day in Chicago as one of their last flings before they head off to different colleges. Ferris persuades Cameron to let them use his father's prized 1961 Ferrari convertible to drive into the city. • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Planes, Trains and Automobiles(1987) This was billed as Hughes' "grown-up" film. Plot: Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who meets Del Griffith an eternally optimistic, overly talkative salesman who seems to live in a world governed by a different set of rules. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago from NYC in time for Thankgivingdinner with his family. Actors: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean Planes, Train and Automobile
HomeAlone(1990) Plot: A young boy learns to fend for himself after his family accidentally leaves him at home while they go off on their vacation in France for Christmas. Actors: MacaulayCulkinJoe Pesci. Daniel Stern. John Heard Important Fact: Home Alone is a 1990 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus Home Alone
Quotes • I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species. • A nerd will be a nerd all his life. • Why watch someone kissing when people really close their eyes when they kiss?