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You couldn't ignore me if you tried : the Brat Pack, John Hughes, and their impa
Gora, Susannah
Adult Nonfiction PN1998.3.H84 G67 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline "Hollywood's Brat Pack," heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as "the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today." To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, "The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music." Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage. (Feb. 9) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Former Premiere editor Gora pays tribute to the late, great director and his muses in this excellent study of John Hughes's films (e.g., The Breakfast Club) and their lasting influence. Gora briefly examines Hughes's childhood and film influences, using them as a springboard to his career. Drawing mainly on her own interviews with many of the stars, producers, and others associated with Hughes's work, the author contends that these films had an influence on a generation that went well beyond their immediate impact. She discusses each of Hughes's films individually, including interviews with numerous players associated with each film. It is this detail and the liberal use of first-person narratives that make this book both enjoyable and valuable. Verdict Gora obviously knows her subject expertly but writes in language that sounds more like a fan than an academic. This should appeal to film buffs and to the generation who grew up on Hughes's films-many readers will appreciate the nostalgia.-Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., Alta. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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