John Hughes: A Life In Film
by Willard Manus
John Hughes numerous fans will be pleased to know that a new, lavishly-illustrated biography of the late film-maker has just been published.
JOHN HUGHES: A LIFE IN FILM was written by Kirk Honeycutt, a long-time member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The 224-page book was published by Race Point Publishing in a hard-cover format and sells for $40. Its money well-spent. Honeycutts book not only details Hughes extraordinary life but talks wisely about such famous films of his as The Breakfast Club, Home Alone and Ferris Buellers Day Off.
The biography also has a foreword by Chris Columbus and contains tributes by the likes of Steve Martin, Ally Sheedy, Kevin Smith and Judd Nelson.
Hughes was a mid-westerner who never felt comfortable in swanky Hollywood, even though he became one of the highest-paid screenwriters and directors in town, head of his own production company as well. He never gave up his Illinois home, and tried with some success to make Hollywood movies at arms length from the town. He had no close friends in the industry. Indeed he battled with its suits almost on a daily basis, Honeycutt explains. He hated it when studio executives gave him notes on his screenplays. He hated it when actors turned down roles in his films.
thing Hughes had going for him was his understanding of American teenagers.
He connected with an entire generation in a way that hasnt
been duplicated since, Honeycutt writes. He broke down the
veneer of high-school stereotypes to discover not what separates teens,
but what unites them.
died suddenly of a heart attack in 1994, Hughes was affected in a profound
way. Candy was his creative muse, one of Hughes collaborators
points out. His death shook John to the core--on the mortality level
as well-on his relationship to his family and Hollywood and how
much he wanted to deal with the bullshit.