King Kong is a Giant Monster Adventure Film produced in 1933 by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, with screenplay by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman (based on Cooper and Edgar Wallace's story). The Movie tells a story of group of people who go on a cruise in order to make a movie. On the island which they reach, dwells a giant ape, which later wants to possess the movies beautiful actress - Ann Darrow (Fay Wray).
"In modern times the movie has aged, as critic James Berardinelli observes, and "advances in technology and acting have dated aspects of the production." Yes, but very artificial are some of the special effects, however there is a creepiness that isn't there in today's slick, flawless, computer-aided images."
Just like Roger Ebert states in the quotation, King Kong might be an old production, but it remains one of a kind. Its imperfectness seems to be adding a spark of life to the whole moving image, creating pictures scarier than some of nowadays “giant monster adventure” films. The audience can feel the harshness of the jungle, the wildness of island's tribe and the gloom of Kong's cave not because they have been made in a perfect way, but because they now seem so imperfect and somehow “carelessly” done. The movie consists of flaws, scenes which now make people laugh, but maybe this is the most important and key-meaning about King Kong. This film creates unexpected, unnatural violation of the modern flawless worlds and images that surround us during present times.
Haflidason , 2001
A mysterious Island, desired, and kidnapped beauty, a horrendous beast and then - a tragedy. This might sum up King Kong's plot but it is not the most important and valuable aspect of that production. The special effects in this movie, which by 1933 were something quite new and exciting, now seem a little bit odd and not really that “special”.
Until 1990's almost every monster movie used a variation on “blue-screen” technique, which allowed matting and blending actors with background, projected separately. In order to get the effect of depth and separate events happening in the foreground and middle ground, the rear previously shot footage was projected, and additional action is photographed in front of the screen.
"Despite its various deficiencies and occasionally antiquated style, King Kong remains not only a milestone of movie-making, but a magical experience."
Berardinelli , 1994
* Ebert Roger, 2002, http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020203/REVIEWS08/202030301/1023
* Haflidason Almar, 2001, http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/01/30/king_kong_1933_review.shtml
* Berardinelli James, 1994, http://www.reelviews.net/movies/k/kong_33.html