Rating: 10 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 08/03/2016, 07/12/2012 (rewatch)
An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.
Rated NR | Length 100 minutes
Roscoe Ates | Dick Curtis | Merian C. Cooper | Ernest B. Schoedsack | Steve Clemente | Bill Williams | Victor Wong | James Flavin | Noble Johnson | Frank Reicher | Sam Hardy | Bruce Cabot | Fay Wray | Robert Armstrong
Gavin and I drove in to Denver to catch a 35mm screening of KING KONG at the Sie Film Center. This screening was part of the Denver Film Society’s Sci-Fi Series in partnership with the Denver Museum of Science and History and as such included an introduction by a local film professor and historian and a post-film discussion about the film’s history, science, etc.
These are always great to go to because you always learn something, no matter how much you already know about the film. The theater was packed and the A/C was broken so it was uncomfortably warm, but that didn’t take much away from seeing this on film. The print was in great shape but I was particularly impressed with the sound, which was excellent. Since KING KONG is the first talkie to feature the beginnings of a liet motif, sound is important! This print was the original ‘33 theatrical version, not the post-Hayes Code edited version.
Gavin and I had a great conversation about the film, the Great Depression, racism and more on the way home. You can always tell when my kids are particularly engaged by a movie because they end up inspiring interesting conversations afterwards.
It’s interesting to me how little changed in terms of special effects between the making of this movie, truly the beginning of SFX in film, and the ‘76 version of KING KONG. I think it’d be really interesting to watch the ‘33, ‘76 and 2005 versions in chronological order to see the huge difference in effects between the ‘76 and ‘05 versions and contrasting that with the lack of difference between the ‘33 and ‘76 versions. Might be a fun mini-film project to do just before KONG: SKULL ISLAND gets released.