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Newspaper article about mass murderer Gian Luigi Ferri, who entered the legal offices of Petti & Martin and started shooting, murdering 8 people, wounding a further six before turning the gun on himself and completing suicide. The entire crime last only four minutes. The mass shooting became known as the 101 California Street Shootings due to the address where the murders took place. These murders lead to a significant amount of legislative action, as it was felt that the gun sold to Ferri was clearly inappropriate for legal use, and would eventually lead to the implementation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994.

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As Ferris and Sloane kiss in front of a stained-glass window, Cameron concentrates on George Seurat’s painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. Explaining the pointillist style — and moviemanking, teenage angst and adult insecurity — Hughes says, “I always thought this painting was sort of like making a movie, the pointillist style,” he says. “You don’t have any idea what you’ve made until you step back from it. … The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees. But the more he looks at, there’s nothing there. I think he fears that the more you look at him the less you see. There isn’t anything there. That’s him”. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) dir. John Hughes