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Sally Menke, 1953-2010

by Tony Nigro

Perhaps it’s the deadly L.A. heat these days, or maybe it’s that I’ve been spending them alone watching dailies, but seeing these videos in the wake of editor Sally Menke‘s untimely death is heartrending.  Every editor should be so appreciated.

Via Mubi Notebook, which also has a nice roundup of links.


Life Moves Pretty Fast

by Tony Nigro

As a child in the 1980s, nothing was cooler than the high school characters in John Hughes movies.  Even the dorks and dweebs were memorable, sympathetic, and in some cases heroes.  When Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out in 1986, I was nine years old.  High school was far in the unthinkable future, but I still chose the movie as my primer for how to survive those four years.  For me Hughes didn’t just reflect what it meant to be a teenager, he wrote an instruction manual.

Did it work?  Was I the most remembered guy at school when I was absent?  Not at all.  In fact, I was much more like the Cameron Frye character.  But am I rationalizing if I point out that the story is really about Cameron?  He’s the impetus for the day on the town, the friend who Ferris is trying to help show a good time.  And in the end, Cameron is the only character who really changes.

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