Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 5: Sun Jan 5

King Kong (Cooper/Schoedsack, 1933): Regent Street Cinema, 2.30pm

Rare chance to see this genuine cinema classic from a 35mm print.

Chicago Reader review:
The ape on the Empire State Building is only the most famous image from the careers of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, the Brothers Grimm of the movie business (The Most Dangerous GameSheDr. Cyclops). With the restoration of some long-censored footage, Kong can be seen in all of his Freudian fairy-tale glory—his rambunctious sexuality (stripping Fay Wray and giving her a curious sniff) and his destructive infantilism (if it looks good, eat it). Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast. With Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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