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King Kong (1933)
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by Steve in Prague

"A part of American folklore...GIVE ME YOUR MONKEY LOVE!!!"
5 stars

A historic, important film whose special effects STILL surpass CGI even 70 years later. King Kong is one of "those" movies that have grown beyond their cinematic lives to become a big part of American culture. Oh, and its a kick ass movie as well!!

Flashback time people!!

People attending movies in the first part of this century often were the audiences to have certain genres presented to them on the screen for the first time. Slapstick, westerns, period pieces and romantic dramas were among the most popular films of the silent era. With the invention of sound in film began the exploration into a new genre that would prove to leave audiences at the end of their seat and coming back for more: Horror films. With sound, there could be whispers and screams in the dark, and growls coming from monsters not of this earth. Monsters, large clumsy creatures and blood-sucking vampires seemed more life like with their ability to shock the audience before attacking with large roars, cries and moans. There was one monster who could roar louder and wreck more havoc than the rest, and he dominated horror and fantasy films. King Kong remains the true landmark of the Horror film around the world alongside Dracula and Frankenstein. Others have tried to match his size and strength, but none have had the lasting impression King Kong has earned.

Ok history lesson over, now onto the film:

King Kong opens with the talk of a grand voyage into the jungle by a film crew headed by Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) as the director and John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) as the captain of the ship carrying the crew. The film crew realizes they need a woman this time to make their jungle adventure more appealing to the masses, so Carl hunts down Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Carl tells her the trip is "money, adventure and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o'clock tomorrow morning." Ann agrees, and ends up on board with Charlie the Chinese cook, Iggy the Monkey and a ship full of dirty sailors. They find their destination, and they arrive on land to find a tribe doing a ceremony dance in front of a grand wall. "Holy Mackeral, what a show!!" The film crew is spotted and kicked off the island by the tribe after they won't trade Ann for six women from the tribe. Later that night, the tribe kidnaps Ann from the ship and gives her as a blond hair surprise to King Kong. The sailors and film crew run into the jungle to hunt down their actress, despite the warning from the tribe.

Several wrestling matches occur for a good part of the rest of the film, and it's all for the sake of Ann as even the dinosaurs want a piece of her. Eventually Kong catches the bad end of some gas bombs, and lands a one way ticket to New York City as the new freak show attraction in town. In one of the most famous endings in cinema history, King Kong ends with our good friend falling from the Empire State Building after being shot down by fighter planes, one of which is flown by Cooper and Shoedsack. "It was beauty that killed the beast." Actually it was the directors

King Kong has become ingrained into American folklore. It has become as much a part of our past as Babe Ruth, Paul Bunyon, John Henry etc etc. Among the most recognizeable scenes in movie history (along with the Odessa Steps, the reaching hand for the butterfly, the rising sun over the plains of the dead etc etc) The final battle on top of the Empire State building still pakcs an emotional punch missing in today's CGI enhanced worlds.

And if I can turn to the CGI for a moment, remember something this film was made in 1932, and for all of CGI's womderous breathtaking spectacle, can it REALLY outdo the final, sad looks on Kong's face as he is about to fall off the Empire State building? No, it sure as hell CANNOT.

King Kong is the icon, the man (ape), and it is still, 70 years later, a smashing great film. Long live the KING!!!!

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3/13/15 скачать книги гаррисон And what do you write?, 3 stars
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7/11/13 Charles Kill Still a classic that's actually enjoyable to watch today unlike others. *cough*Citizen Kane 4 stars
9/14/12 CORDWAINER SMITH Still the best of all monster movies then and now. 5 stars
10/04/10 art i was wrong,this 1933 original is NEAT!,ditto for the 2005 one, ZERO for 76 one! 4 stars
6/03/10 User Name You don't watch it for the wooden acting or the sub-par dialog, you watch it for KONG! 3 stars
2/25/10 art THE 1976 REMAKE BURRIES this verison! 1 stars
10/26/09 Sad89 This was almost a full brick of tofu, lightly fried, and served in a delicious broth. , <a 5 stars
10/24/09 driver15 Short term employment for youth workers, or even job-creation measures that bring in worker 5 stars
10/24/09 BadGirl39 Stopping and then reducing the Islamization of our countries will require a discontinuity, 5 stars
10/23/09 Wolf56 This is one of several standard approaches to the meaning of negation in logic programming, 3 stars
10/23/09 Red96 These organisms can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated heada 2 stars
5/24/09 art PURE SCIENCE-_FICTION,! 3 stars
9/21/08 action movie fan a great classic!!!! none of the remakes can equal it-old, but thrilling and exciting 5 stars
12/14/07 David Cohen Time has not dimished the impact of this movie one bit! 5 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist Well made for its era. Worth owning for the sake of it being a classic. 4 stars
5/05/06 dionwr A classic; still works 4 stars
5/05/06 Uri Lessing monkey love 5 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A what Dave said. 5 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius Best monster movie ever. EVER. 5 stars
5/02/06 William Goss It's a'ight. 4 stars
5/02/06 HBS-SH is passport a sexy word? 5 stars
4/22/06 Poopy Woopy One of the 10 best films of all time 5 stars
3/27/06 Quigley Peter JAckson's Kong is the best, but this one is an unforgettable classic American icon 5 stars
1/11/06 Jordon What a fuckin piece of crap movie. King Kong is full of shit 1 stars
1/03/06 Luke Blackadder Go Fuck yourself Gremlin, Mark can say anything he wants 1 stars
12/26/05 John the action is phenomenal - a tight and great monster movie 5 stars
12/24/05 Green Gremlin Grow and and get a life, Radburn. This is a landmark film !!! 5 stars
12/14/05 Mark Radburn King Kong is the World's Worstest Movie Ever 1 stars
12/13/05 lance timeless classic!!!!! 5 stars
12/12/05 G ground breaking lots of effort 5 stars
11/23/05 Jeff Anderson A CLASSIC! For everyone that trashed this cinematic brilliance, I PITY YOU! 5 stars
10/12/05 Tom Burns A good movie. 4 stars
7/27/05 the untrained eye An American landmark film. A piece of true folklore. 5 stars
7/03/05 Quigley this film rules for its time. still an enjoyable ape/horror flick 5 stars
4/27/05 R.W. Welch Brilliant variation on Beauty & the Beast theme. A lifetime classic. 5 stars
12/21/03 john even after 70(!) years it is still a truly exiting action film 5 stars
11/22/03 ross hendrick sometimes scary, but has certainly dated. It is still a landmark in horror. 5 stars
8/27/03 orizano rrrooooaaaarrr!!! 5 stars
7/30/02 Michael S. Browne A perfect "old monster movie" that's actually well-crafted and genuinely entertaining 5 stars
6/24/02 Charles Tatum Creaky but entertaining 4 stars
1/25/02 Andrew Carden The Beginning Was Kind Of Slow, but It Got Alot Better. 4 stars
1/23/02 Some Guy What can you say? Claymation is the best. ;) 5 stars
3/08/01 Trashstar Ernest and Merion were way ahead of their time, very subtley directed. 4 stars
1/26/01 R.W. Welch Astounding piece of early film work that remains as hypnotic as ever. 5 stars
11/25/00 The Evil Penguin not even close to a love story 3 stars
11/21/00 Bobby Magna very exciting 5 stars
11/13/00 joh a classic- one of the geatest 5 stars
9/24/00 Kristina Holmes Kong is definately worth seeing 4 stars
8/18/00 Zoe Kong has some good moves not only with the ladies but with taking down hisEnemies!Hilarious 5 stars
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  07-Apr-1933 (NR)
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