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King Kong

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.57 /10
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Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Written by: James Creelman, Ruth Rose from Edgar Wallace’s story

Released: 1933
Origin: US
Length: 100

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"The most spectacular film since the talkies and a masterpiece of technical
ingenuity that marks a milestone in the development of the screen."
“A sensational thrilling flight of fancy, an unforgettable picture, a living monument to the story-telling genius of Edgar Wallace and a sterling tribute to the brilliance of the Radio stars, directors and technicians.”
(Kine Weekly)
“From the moment the Venture leaves port we are on a journey through Denham’s subconscious. Skull (as in cerebral) Island’s expressionistic landscape—fertile, overgrown, reptile-infested, cave-filled—is Denham’s fantasized sexual terrain. And Kong is a manifestation of Denham’s subconscious. Denham conjures up Kong as a surrogate to battle Driscoll for Ann’s love and to perform “sexually” (their trip up the world’s largest phallic symbol) with her when he has never been willing (or able) to have a sexual encounter himself. Although young and virile, Denham has traveled the world with an all-male crew to avoid intimate liaisons. Kong is Denham’s female-lusting side — his alter ego... When Kong breaks the chains, Denham can no longer control his sexual urges toward Ann; significantly, we never see them together until Kong is dead. Denham’s famous words “It was beauty killed the beast” make sense if he’s referring to the bestial side of himself.”
(Danny Peary)
“Still simply the best monster film ever; an island of exotic make-believe, lapped on all sides by absurdity but whose characters keep their feet dry by a steadfast and resolutely unfacetious approach to their material.”
(Financial Times, 1976)
“A taut and exciting script and stunning special effects which have still to be surpassed make this the definitive monster movie. The climax is an acknowledged milestone in cinema history. Max Steiner's eerie score and first-rate editing contribute to a picture that is well-nigh faultless, including as it does moments of comedy, tension, terror and pathos. The 1976 remake shows how to do it all wrong.”
(Alan Frank)

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