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3,573 Ratings

King Kong

United States, 1933
Action, Drama, Fantasy


During location shooting for a jungle picture, a young actress finds herself kidnapped by natives who intend to sacrifice her to the giant ape who reigns over their tropical island. The ape is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

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King Kong Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Critics reviews

That’s the kind of fever dream this picture works on one’s brain – through its dreamy matte paintings, foreground miniatures, rear screen and stop motion animation – we accept its logic entirely, ferocious pterodactyls and all – and we mourn this primal, compound force of innocence and righteous fury. He’s either like Lenny in Of Mice of Men who can’t help but accidentally pet those rabbits to death (did John Steinbeck watch Kong?), or, if he could talk, he’s akin to The Tempest’s Caliban.
August 05, 2017
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If you ever get the chance to see Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s original film on its own terms—that is, a dark theater, a big screen, and as little preconceptions as possible—you should absolutely take it. It is still a model of dramatic pacing and imaginative effects, but don’t forget how much the 1933 King Kong is also a movie about movies.
March 23, 2017
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The movie seems a lot less innocent the older it, and I, get. Not that this is a source of great concern to me; in a sense I find its relentless malevolent lurid sensationalism kind of admirable, and I understand why some of the Surrealists did too.
January 10, 2015
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