Wayne in Cannes

Wayne_john

It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater.

“It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn away many who wanted to see it.”

On Tuesday, she will tell a press conference how the 1953 film, originally made for 3-D, was restored — recreated — for Cannes.” We showed that it can be done (digitally) and that it should be re-released theatrically once again in 3-D.” She participates Tuesday afternoon in a press conference explaining how it was accomplished and then returns to L.A. to participate Thursday in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Centennial Salute to John Wayne” featuring a screening — in CinemaScope — the also digitally-restored — 1954 Wayne starrer, “The High And The Mighty” directed by William Wellman.

Yours truly will host a panel with alumni of Wayne films: Angie Dickinson (“Rio Bravo,” 1959), Nancy Olson (“Big Jim McLain,” 1952), Karen Sharpe Kramer,(“The High And The Mighty,” 1954), William Wellman, Jr. (“The Horse Soldiers,” (1959), “How The West Was Won,” (1962)), and the recently-retured-from Cannes, Gretchen Wayne. Acad President Sid Ganis will welcome the audience. He too worked with Wayne and knows the Acad’s pride in participating in “The Duke’s Centennial Celebration.”

Meanwhile, the John Wayne Centennial Celebration will be held this weekend in Wayne’s birthplace, Winterset, Iowa with 34 members of Wayne’s family on hand. They had appeared earlier this month at the Newport Beach film festival tribute to Wayne. And, over the past weekend, son  Patrick left for Tanzania where he will follow the same safari taken by his father   for the making of “Hatari” in 1961. The following year, with the memorable “Baby Elephant Walk” theme by Henry Mancini wafting over Wilshire Blvd., I m.c’d the “Hatari” premiere attended by a highly-celebrating John Wayne.

Ah, but that’s another memory of a happy life in the wilds of Hollywood with the one-and-only John Wayne.

More Voices

  • Janet Mock Pose

    'Pose' Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Tony Awards Sightlines Column

    How to Produce the Tony Awards: 5 Unsolicited Tips

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Cannes 2018's Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow poses backstage

    It's Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Netflix Cannes

    Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Love Never Dies - Utica, NY

    Could 'Love Never Dies' Live Again on Broadway?

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

  • Every Act of Life

    Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans

    It was 12:30 a.m. in Cannes, Tuesday when Gretchen Wayne, President of Batjac returned my phone call. She and her associate  Sue Jameson had just screened John Wayne’s “Hondo”– in 3-D at the  Bunuel theater. “It received a standing ovation,” she exclaimed happily. “It was more than we could have imagined. They had to turn […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content