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John Hughes: the well-heeled whimsy of the 1980s

By Alexander Fiske-Harrison  

I read with sadness of the death of the Hollywood producer, writer and director John Hughes on August 6th. I then spent the weekend indulging my nostalgic streak by viewing his three most important films: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty In Pink (1986), and saw again what a politically vapid but emotionally poignant period this was for film, and one which provided the entire soundtrack to my childhood.

Hughes’ innovation was to…

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