Alamo plaza restoration project, alamo plaza, a star reborn. Since the early 1800s, mexico had invited settlers from america and other parts of the world to come to mexico land was cheap and settlers were given many acres the constitution of 1824, signed by the mexican government, gave rights and freedom to these settlers most of these people settled in the province of tejas, later changed to texas. This epic film deals with how those men happened to be inside the missionnow a converted fortin the small village of san antonio, texas, and how this led to the tragedy at the alamo. Select a notebook page 87 items1 letter of transmittal2 photo of h. It is very important that alamo be noted on the checks. It was a special event film distributed via roadshow with advance ticket sales. Dimitri tiomkins oscar nominated score for the alamo 1960 has been released in quite a few different forms over the years. Comparison between the original theatrical version, here being represented by a recording from the german paytvnetwork premiere on its mgmchannel identical to the usdvd and the restored directors original cut, also from mgm but released exclusively on vhs laserdisc. Waynes insistence on choosing the alamo to be his first film as a director meant that the studio was unwilling. The restoration of the alamo footprint, combined with a worldclass alamo museum and the current alamo chapel is the legacy that all texans especially the alamo defenders deserve. It was the first directorial effort of john wayne, who also starred as davy crockett in the film, crockett, bowie, and the texas militia try to defend the alamo from general santa anna. Potter7 draft of the painting concept8 hymn of the alamo9 picture. This retelling of the alamo story and the beginnings of texas independence from mexico is perhaps the most john wayne film ever made. Alamo living historian george rollow stands by a threepound cannon during the conclusion of cannon fest, monday, oct.
I like this alamo film, made in 1960 by john wayne. The movie was filmed on location in texas and released by united artists. It wasnt until 1992 that these scenes were restored for release on laserdisc and vhs. The historic convento and adjoining long barrack were physically changed by the u. I saw a 35mm print of the alamo at the arlington theatre in santa barbara in 1960 when i was studying photography at brooks and i did not find the film boring at all, frank. It was the first movie location built in texas, originally constructed for and best known as the setting for the alamo 1960, directed by john wayne and starring wayne, richard widmark, laurence harvey and frankie avalon. The film was nominated for best picture as was supporting actor chill wills his only academy. Aug 29, 2014 alamo the 1960 produced and directed by john wayne with an original screenplay from james edward grant the sheepman 1958 this overlong epic about the famous 1836 battle against impossible odds that one must never forget that took place in san antonio won an oscar for best sound. The picture also stars richard widmark as jim bowie and laurence harvey as william b. The 65mm theatrical elements of the alamo are some of the worst mid20th century film elements that ive ever had the unfortunate displeasure to examine.
The goal of the alamo plaza restoration project click to download a pdf of the alamo plaza executive summary is to enhance the visitors pilgrimage to the cradle of texas liberty by providing a historic atmosphere for personal reflection, inspiration, and learning. Crockett goes on to equate the words resonant quality with the moment when a mans young son makes his first sound like a man, another highlight from david crocketts speech, included on this soundtrack to the alamo, waynes 1960 labor of love and boxoffice bust. Frontier legend davy crockett played by wayne and his men arrive in san antonio, texas, and volunteer to help defend the alamo, a hopelessly outgunned missionturnedfort. The filmtech forums are designed for various members related to the cinema industry to express their opinions, viewpoints and testimonials on various products, services and events based upon speculation, personal knowledge and factual. Artificial the alamo itself has already been dramatically altered from its original appearance. The alamo is a 1960 film that tells the legendary true story of a small band of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new republic of texas directed by john wayne. The alamo is a 1960 american historical epic and war film about the 1836 battle of the alamo.
The story is of how these portrayed in in the film defended the alamo which was a mission, against over whelming odds against santa anna and the mexican army. Mcardle3 foreword4 biographical sketch of mcardle5 newspaper article on mcardle6 photo of reuben m. John wayne, richard widmark, frankie avalon, joseph calleia the legendary true story of a small band of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new republic of texas. Stars john wayne, and also directed by him as well. Alamo the 1960 produced and directed by john wayne with an original screenplay from james edward grant the sheepman 1958 this overlong epic about the famous 1836 battle against impossible odds that one must never forget that took place in san antonio won an oscar for best sound. The linein the sand scene, where the alamo defenders elect to fight to the death, is just incredible. Soon after its initial release in 1960, a situation arose based primarily on.
Probably there has been hardly any other film project that was as important to the duke john wayne as the alamo. Saddle up for a stunning new 4k restoration of clint eastwoods brilliant revisionist western. It goes without saying that any aid is appreciated. Picture, supporting actor, cinematography, sound winner, editing, score and song. The picture also stars richard widmark as jim bowie.
In 1836, 187 americans and texicans stood against the attack of santa anas 7,000man army for more than days. Army in 184748 and then again by the drt and the city in the. Alamo ist ein usamerikanischer spielfilm aus dem jahr 1960. The alamo soundtrack from 1960, composed by dimitri tiomkin. Tell mgm its time now to save john waynes the alamo. The alamo is a 1960 american historical epic and war film about the 1836 battle of the alamo produced and directed by john wayne and starring wayne as davy crockett. The production was closed down and restarted at brackettville on highway 90, about 100 miles west of san antonio toward del rio, west texas, where wayne leased 400 acres of a 22,000 acre ranch belonging to one jt happy shahan, and the alamo was rebuilt. Factual in places, and fictional in others, historical sticklers may be irked at some of the events that are rearranged, or highly dramatized. Sep 09, 2017 a look at film restoration and why a certain studios neglect may turn the alamo into dust. The site has been enshrined in the american consciousness through movies like john waynes 1960 the alamo, and it draws some 2. The mcardle notebooks dawn at the alamo the alamo after restoration of the chapel but before restoration of the convent jump to. Today the alamo is the heart of san antonio and it is texas most visited historic landmark. The alamojohn wayne, richard widmark, laurence harvey, richard boone, chill wills, frankie avalon, linda cristal, ken curtis, joseph calleia, denver pyle, hank worden 1960. To this date, you could get the officially released score, which runs 44 minutes, the extended score with some neverbeforeheard tracks, which runs 66 minutes, and the complete film score, performed by the prague.
The agreement allows the glo and the alamo trust, inc. The restoration of john waynes the alamo movie duke. And obvious to any archival professional, harris told wells. Restoration the alamo was produced as a large format 70mm 5 perf motion picture, with an original running time of approximately 192 minutes plus overture, entracte and exit music. Collectors of movie scores may be disappointed with the columbialegacy 1995 release of the alamo soundtrack album, or more particularly with some of the 9 previously unreleased tracks. The alamo after restoration of the chapel but before. Alamo plaza restoration project, alamo plaza, a star. I thought it was very entertaining and made me do some research on the actual historical event doing my spare time i also liked the music that was scored by demitri tiomkin. However, several scenes have been cut out of the directors favorite version in order to get the movie to a length that is at least approximately near.
The alamo is a 1960 american historicalwestern epic movie about the 1836 battle of the alamo. The lineinthesand scene, where the alamo defenders elect to fight to the death, is just incredible. San antonio continues to search for a way to remember the alamo in a more historically appropriate way than its present state. The alamo original soundtrack dimitri tiomkin songs. Originally running over 200 minutes in length, it lost approximately 35 minutes for its wide release.
Mgmuas dvd of john waynes dramatization of the famous, doomed stand contains the shorter theatrical cut of the film that was released by original distributor united artists. The choral music at the end of the film is touching and of course is found here on the cd also. Released by sony classical in 1992 srcs 7073 containing music from the alamo 1960. The film does little to explain the causes of the texas. Remember the alamoclassic film elements disintegrating. The reconstruction and restoration of john waynes the alamo memento vom 22. It was the first movie location built in texas, originally constructed for and best known as the setting for the alamo 1960, directed by john wayne and starring wayne, richard. In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new republic of texas.
Daughters of the republic of texas battle over how to manage the. That film, as you might already suspect, is the alamo 1960, directed by and starring the legendary john wayne. Home of the famous 1836 battle and to living history demonstrations and special events throughout the year, the beautiful 300yearold former spanish mission turned fortress is open yearround and is free for families, school groups and everyone to. The cast also includes richard widmark as jim bowie and laurence harvey as william b. As of april 2007 all dvd releases feature the shorter general release version.
The long 3 hour and 12 minute movie not counting intermission was not historically accurate. Not to be confused with the 2004 version starring billy bob thornton. The alamo was available only in truncated form, such as the very good cd released by legacy columbia 23 tracks 66. Heres hoping the restoration of the roadshow version of the film is successful. I inspected the original camera negative of of the alamo a couple of months ago. Dominick balletta all contributions are tax deductible. Dimitri tiomkin, tiomkin, dmitri the alamo 1960 amazon. A look at film restoration and why a certain studios neglect may turn the alamo into dust. Media in category the alamo 1960 film this category contains only the following file. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat. You have davy crockett, the legendary jim bowie of the bowie knife fame. Army in 184748 and then again by the drt and the city in the early 1900s. Despite what mgm has claimed officially, let me assure you, having now seen the tests firsthand which the studio has apparently not done yet for some strange reason and how weird is. The alamo, american epic film, released in 1960, that was john waynes dream project about the battle of the alamo 1836.
After purchase of over a 100 movies from itunes and never a problem, and this being my first download from amazon, very disappointed. Save the alamo july 25, 2015 this may not have any effect on getting the film properly restored, but i would recommend to any who have liked this page, and want to see no film being destroyed by purposeful neglect as is the case with the alamo, then send an email to the library of congress requesting that the film be added to the national. With john wayne, richard widmark, laurence harvey, frankie avalon. Alamo village is a movie set and tourist attraction north of brackettville, texas, united states. Packed with hollywood heavyweights, john waynes the alamo 1960 was a motion picture near and dear to the dukes heart. Jacob burns film center 405 manville road pleasantville, ny 10570 att. Jun 20, 2014 bill hunt at the digital bits has a bit more news on the status of john waynes the alamo 1960 i was up in l. Restore the alamos original footprint san antonio expressnews. Grant, john wayne, michael wayne, james edward grant. The alamo is a 1960 film that tells the legendary true story of a small band of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new republic of texas. Well acted and a film well worth having giving a little history of the alamo. The alamo 1960 isnt a fav of mine and it seems isnt a great film in most opinions, but it does have historic value in as far as it reflects certain social perspectives of its time on a key historic event and the participants therein. Wayne was the star, producer, and director, and his. A restoration of the deteriorating print found in toronto, supervised by robert a.1439 299 495 1497 395 274 801 169 645 829 1383 950 1458 14 655 1171 264 152 1338 1477 562 1134 52 252 337 455 231 1264 774 86 1501 867 1058 1167 223 4 203 1332 780 18