John Landis
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with John Landis

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director John Landis recounts his journey through the film business, starting as an 18-year-old mail boy at 20th Century Fox to directing blockbuster comedies like National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Coming To America.

Director John Landis recalls working with John Belushi on creating the character "Bluto" in National Lampoon's Animal House.

Landis shares how he began editing footage while continuing to shoot principal photography for Coming To America in order to to deliver the film into theaters on a highly compressed schedule.

Landis explains what the real "mission from God" behind The Blues Brothers turned out to be: to help revive the careers of legendary R&B acts like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and John Lee Hooker.