Goodnight, Mr. Hughes

Sad, sad news, especially for anyone who grew up (as I did) in the 1980s.


UPDATE: Matt Zoller Seitz offers a good tribute, though I think he overplays the "escapism" aspect of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, it's useful to read Scott Murray's great essay on the film, in which he argues (and which I've believed for a decade or more) that Ferris is an intentional force for moral good and that his smugness is a facade for something much deeper.  Murray's piece, written before Hughes' death, also serves as a wonderful tribute.

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