[Guest post by DRJ]
Filmmaker John Hughes died August 6, 2009, in New York City. He was 59.
“Part of a popular culture’s job, presumably, and part of an artist’s job, is to help a civilization and a society strengthen its immune system against the opportunistic diseases that would destroy it. Part of a civilization’s job is to pass on real values about who they are and what they should be.
And I think consistently Hughes looked at that, looked at those things, and presented in the most wonderfully entertaining way, in the most clever way, and in a light-hearted and whimsical way, but at the same time, by the time he was done, he had communicated values, ideas and thoughts. Of the directors of this generation, there are very few who can make that claim and so he is a loss.“
Hughes was also a great storyteller. My condolences to his family.