King Kong

King Kong

1933 (Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack) PG, 104 minutes - English

Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

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A film crew, led by impresario Carl Denham (Armstrong) goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female star (Wray - the original scream queen). Exceptional use of stop-motion animation, influencing the likes of Ray Harryhausen and other giants of the fantasy genre.

 

I've seen King Kong many times, most recently in its rerelease in the 1950s, when it did indeed scare me. In recent years I have focused on the remarkable special effects, based by Willis O'Brien and other on his work in "The Lost World" (1925) but acheiving a sophistication and beauty that eclipsed anything that went before. King Kong is more than a technical acheivement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing. 

Roger Ebert

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