“Republic. I like the sound of the word.” No, it’s not John Wayne talking about his former studio employers, but his directorial debut, the 70mm roadshow epic portrayal of the battle for Texas independence. Wayne lost a fortune on the picture, which was hacked into several shorter, less coherent general release versions, but it’s been belatedly restored to its original 192 minute version. Beware shorter cuts.
About John Landis
John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London, Trading Places, Coming To America, Kentucky Fried Movie, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos!, Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios, among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special. He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.