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February 7, 2011
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The Rebirth of Cameron Frye by jasinski The Rebirth of Cameron Frye by jasinski
A piece for a group show at Gallery 1988: Venice.
The show is a called "The Road to Shermer" a tribute show to the movies of John Hughes. You know, classic teen movies from the '80s.

I chose Ferris Bueller's Day Off as it's the John Hughes film that had greatest impact on me back in the day. ***There are plot spoilers that follow if you somehow haven't seen this movie, you've been warned.***

After re-watching the film and contemplating a bit, the thought occurred to me that it is not really about Ferris Bueller. It's about Cameron Frye, Ferris's uptight best friend with a miserable home life and a lot of fears. Through the course of the film, Ferris doesn't change or grow, nor do any characters except for Cameron (and, to a lesser degree, Ferris's sister). Ferris acts as the catalyst by which Cameron is forced to confront those fears and (at least in his mind) overcomes them. The pivotal point of the film is the scene where Cameron throws himself into the pool. This is the only time in the story where Ferris seems to express real concern and emotion for anything. It's as if in this world, everything is a joke or a game, except this moment when Cameron's life is truly in question. Cameron is symbolically 'reborn' as he emerges from the pool to a new awareness that will allow him to deal with his father's anger in regards to his prized car. Cameron is the character in the movie I think most people can identify with and his 'redemption' seems the most compelling arch of the story.

Anyway, here's what came of it. If you know the movie, you should get most of the different symbols I threw in the piece.
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Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FaolanEternal Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ferris bueller you're my heroooo :icontrollfaceplz:
katiekat228 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic picture and description! "Ferris Bueller you're my hero"
teragram98 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this movie!
rubygloom73 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best scene of the best movie ever!!!! OMG I LOVE YOU
olduwan-steve Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I love this, with the dramatic poses and the symbolism it makes me think of Jacques-Louise David
snivellus747 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Ferris Bueller, you're my hero."

xD Love this piece, it's beautiful and I love this movie!!
A-Dance-In-The-Rain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahaha this is wonderful!!
It's such an interesting turn in the movie where things are actually more serious.
GirlycardDracul Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Writer
Ferris Bueller you're my hero :pointandlaugh:
creamuu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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