John Hughes was, for me at least, one of the greatest American filmmakers ever.
His work, often overlooked by many, is both the soundtrack to an entire generation AND an extraordinary body of work that was compressed in a short hut staggeringly creative period. I also found a rare podcast with him some time ago and cleaned it up – you can listen to it here… http://www.chrisjonesblog.com/2012/05/rare-archive-podcast-interview-with-legendary-american-screenwriter-and-director-john-hughes.html
Here are his top quotes.
‘I like young actors because they’re so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me.’
‘I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I’m done is write another one.’
‘Screen kissing wears very thin very quickly.’
‘I don’t think of kids as a lower form of the human species.’
‘The only reason I got into movies was because I had no music talent.’
‘I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, ’cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing.’
‘I stumbled into this business, I didn’t train for it. I yelled ‘Action!’ on my first two movies before the camera was turned on.’
‘I was obsessed with romance. When I was in high school, I saw ‘Doctor Zhivago’ every day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.’
‘My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on.’
Onwards and upwards!