Don't You Forget About Him

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Aug. 6 2009 5:07 PM

Don't You Forget About Him

TMZ is reporting that John Hughes, director of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off among many classic teen movies, has died at 59 of an apparent heart attack . In 2006, Michael Weiss asked in Slate whether the famously reclusive Hughes was a closet Republican . "Ferris Bueller," Weiss argues, "mouths his creator's worldview early in the famous day off: Ism's, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. "

For those in need of a quick Hughes nostalgia fix, enjoy this montage from The Breakfast Club set to Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me."

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Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.