Family Matinee: Mythical Monsters & Beasts
King Kong (1933)
dirs. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933, USA, 35mm, 100min.
Named one of the 50 best American films by AFI, and selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Archive, King Kong is the quintessential monster movie. Although the film failed to win any awards, it was a special-effects marvel of its time, featuring the 50-foot-tall titular star alongside the other creatures inhabiting Skull Island, and gave life to an enduring contemporary cultural symbol of both unleashed savagery and nobility brought down by greed.