five great things someone else said, vol. 9

Growing up around people making movies, I learned very young the ways in which a film can transform from script to screen. How easily the voices can change. (And knowing this I still wanted to be a screenwriter – go figure.) What begins as action and dialogue on the page grows through a director’s vision, through casting, through editorial, through music – there are so many layers. Thicker than a Van Gogh canvas.

When I first saw this re-cut Ferris Bueller trailer with it’s Mark Mothersbaugh-Wes Anderson vibe, I thought it was genius. It’s a different story, it’s a different movie, and yet it isn’t.

I bookmarked it and shared it. A lot. Here was a film of my childhood coupled with the music of my adulthood in this beautiful, poignant vignette. All of those layers.

The man behind the re-cut trailer is a British filmmaker named Joseph Brett and, as he said on his YouTube page, he wanted “to make it look more like an indie coming of age film; perhaps the kind of film Sofia Coppola or Godard might make.”

No wonder I loved it, says the girl whose love of JH’s films knows no end, couldn’t stop raving about Coppola’s SOMEWHERE, and just happens to have a Jean-Luc Godard necklace hanging on the corkboard above her desk.


The ache in my heart at the end of Brett’s trailer makes me love John Hughes’ films even more than I already do.

What would Hughes have to say about Brain, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess, and the Criminal in the 21st century? (Did you catch the Princess on BlogHer last week?)

What stories would they have to share?

How I wish Hughes had lived long enough to write a few films about the adulthood of those adolescents he so beautifully crafted. Maybe offer a bit of wisdom on growing up to those of us who, without realizing it, have.

True: Life moves pretty fast.

False: Our hearts don’t have to die.

And so, five great things someone else said about the stories that shape our lives. xo a.


The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser

To be a person is to have a story to tell. – Isak Dinesen

It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then. – C.S. Lewis

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. – Jean-Luc Godard

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. – Ben Okri

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4 thoughts on “five great things someone else said, vol. 9

  1. Peter Tonguette

    Alex, did you know that in his tribute to Hughes in the NY Times, A.O. Scott called Hughes “our Godard, the filmmaker who crystallized our attitudes and anxieties with just the right blend of teasing and sympathy.” Only connect!

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    1. alexandrawrote Post author

      I didn’t! I’m going to have to go back and re-read Scott’s piece. I did read an article yesterday from TheWrap with this incredible line: “It’s strange to realize that the lines you quoted as a 15-year-old were written by a 35-year-old man, who grew up with the Beatles yet identified with 15-year-olds. “

      Reply
  2. Rach aka stink-bomb

    i love this line you wrote:-

    “It’s a different story, it’s a different movie, and yet it isn’t.”

    because that’s so true. what is a comey almost turns into a coming of age drama – amaaazing.

    ~x~

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    1. alexandrawrote Post author

      JH’s dialogue becomes even more powerful than it already was. And I forgot to include that I am now obsessed with the Woodpigeon song in the trailer, too.

      Reply

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