King Kong

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Horror

King Kong (1933)

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Time Out says

If this glorious pile of horror-fantasy hokum has lost none of its power to move, excite and sadden, it is in no small measure due to the remarkable technical achievements of Willis O'Brien's animation work, and the superbly matched score of Max Steiner. The masterstroke was, of course, to delay the great ape's entrance by a shipboard sequence of such humorous banality and risible dialogue that Kong can emerge unchallenged as the most fully realised character in the film. Thankfully Wray is not required to act, merely to scream; but what a perfect victim she makes. The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory's ability to fashion a symbol that can express all the contradictory erotic, ecstatic, destructive, pathetic and cathartic buried impulses of 'civilised' man.

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Release details

US release:

Thu Mar 2, 1933

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack

Cast:

Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, James Flavin, Sam Hardy, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher, Noble Johnson

Screenwriter:

Ruth Rose, James Ashmore Creelman

Cinematography:

Vernon L Walker, Eddie Linde, JO Taylor

Art Director:

Al Herman, Carroll Clark

Music:

Max Steiner

Editor:

Ted Cheesman

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