King Kong

King Kong ★★★½

Senior Seminar Screening #3:
Viewed in the context of Fatimah Tobing Rony's King Kong and the Ethnic Monster in Cinema.

Right from the get-go, Carl Denham starts lamenting about women, and from there this is a really fascinating dive into all of the problematic, polysemous themes of King Kong and early horror.

We get a vision of exotic, "savage" lands as well as a fun homestead attack on New York, a symbol of Western progress. Rony maps out the similarities between ethnographic films and horror, and between Ann and Kong—whose stop motion makes him iconically more expressive than Fay Wray, completely distilled to "screaming woman". An interesting movie to study; surprisingly violent, obviously iconic, and a fun precursor to Harryhausen's rule.

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