Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Director John Landis talks about Godzilla
In a monster movie book titled "Monsters in the Movies", Director John Landis discusses various notable movie monsters and their roles within the movie/general world.
Landis is of course noted for his work on comedic films such as "Trading Places", "The Blues Brothers" and "Coming to America".
But he also (surprisingly) made great work within the movie monster genre too.
Noted examples include "An American Werewolf in London" and the "Thriller" music video.
As such the book chornicles such projects and they happened to get his input on Godzilla too.
Landis essentially states that Godzilla is an ever-evolving metaphor for Japan's mindset.
He compares the times when Japan had those two atomic bombs dropped to the destruction Godzilla wrecked in his first film...to when Godzilla was later turned into a good guy as Japan was enjoying cultural/economical success.
Interesting metaphors if very broad in my opinion.
In any case here's the direct link for further reference:
forbes.com: Monster Mash: A conversation with filmmaker and author John Landis
By the way, Landis will forever be haunted with the scandal involving Vic Morrow and "The Twilight Zone" movie.
If you've never heard of this before, check out the Wikipedia page on this movie to read more.