Over at the Paris Review Daily, I argue that in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, capital dreams of abusing itself.
Posted by Caleb Crain on 20 January 2011 in economics, Ferris Bueller, Film, Karl Marx, psychoanalysis
Yes, perfect, and what does the parking attendant tell Cameron? The first phrase any decent capitalist broker learns: “Relax, I’m a professional.” Except I always thought the attendant looked a bit like Frank Zappa. One year, while back in LA on business, staying near Santa Monica Blvd. and La Cienega, I took one of the co. cars up to the original Barney’s Beanery, and the guy in the lot was a dead ringer for the Ferris Bueller attendant, but when I did a double take and asked him if he’d ever won the look-a-like contest, he smiled and said, “Relax, I ain’t him.”
Hey nice job landing on the daily dish! (of course, just being in the Paris Review is probably a bigger achievement, but still)
Hi, Joe! That's a good anecdote. It occurred to me later, when I was feeling less curmudgeonly, that the line "Relax, I'm a professional" might have a touch of self-parody in it. Filmmakers, after all, say something along those lines when they cajole cash out of investors, which, if they're any good, they then take out on a joyride.
Ben: Thanks! Cute movie.