Friday, May 15, 2009

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Sometimes I watch a random movie just to have something playing in the background to distract me while I'm plopped down in front of the computer screen. This process is facilitated by the fact that all of our DVDs are housed within a 4TB array that's tucked into my George Nelson style slat closet. Touch of a button movies- it's the only way to fly.

Yesterday's pick was Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Why that one? 'Cause in a very short list of my favorite films of the 80's, there's Ferris, Back to the Future, and Die Hard. And maybe Airplane.

But what does Ferris Bueller have to do with MidCentury Modern Movies? Well nothing really, but I came across a fabulous scene with two examples of vertical slats. Since I'm currently suffering from a Nelson inspired slatted objects obsession right now (see The George Nelson Bench Project), these two snapshots made me laugh.

First, we have the teacher standing next to a vertical slat podium. This is the scene where he poses an unbearably drawn-out question to the class:
In... what... way... does the author's... use of the... prison... symbolize... the protagonist's struggle, and how does this relate to our discussion of the uses of irony?
Yeah, that'd put me to sleep. Just like Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara!) in the second pic. Behind her is a vertical slat wall. A prospective client of mine discussed the possibility of vertically slatting an entire wall in his place of business. Perhaps this is what it'll look like. Of course, the purpose of the slats in a lecture hall setting is for sound control and diffusion, but to me it just looks cool.

Does anyone know what book the teacher is referring to? I'd like to read it and perhaps figure out how the prison symbolizes the protagonist's struggle.

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