28.06. - 06.07.2013.
film program
King Kong
We’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of this classic!
1933, 105 min
Merian C. Coope, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
Adventure / Fantasy / Horror
Official Trailer
Sinopsis: King Kong is a pre-Code 1933 American adventure/fantastic film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Today it is considered as one of the classics of cinematography. It is inspired by the book "The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle's from the 1912. in which scientists have discovered living dinosaurs. To evoke King Kong and various dinosaurs, Willis O'Brien has invested a lot of effort in the then revolutionary technique for special effects called Stop Motion Animation with a budget of $ 600,000. The film tells of a gigantic, island-dwelling ape called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. It has been remade twice: once in 1976 and again in 2005.
Bio: Merian C. Cooper Cooper started his film career with documentaries for Paramount Pictures such as Grass (1925) and Chang (1927), which combined real footage with staged sequences. Throughout his career, Cooper was a proponent of technical innovation. The film King Kong was a breakthrough in this regard. Another outstanding film that he produced in trying to follow up on his success with King Kong was the 1935 film She. Cooper and his friend and frequent collaborator, noted director John Ford, formed Argosy Productions in 1947 and produced such notable films as Wagon Master (1950), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), and The Searchers (1956). Cooper was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952. His film The Quiet Man was nominated for Best Picture that year, but lost to Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth. Ernest B. Schoedsack Ernest B. Schoedsack is probably best remembered for being the co-director of the 1933 film, King Kong. His eyesight was severely damaged in World War II, yet he continued to direct films afterwards. He directed Mighty Joe Young in 1949, which was a reunion film of the main King Kong creative team (Cooper and Rose).