(USA/1933—directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack)
A decade before Jean Cocteau conceived his own Beauty and the Beast, visionary filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack created the cinema’s first truly great monster movie – a spectacular display of what was then state-of-the-art special effects wizardry – with the Beauty and the Beast legend at its surprisingly tender heart. A fabulously entertaining combination of spectacle, sentimentality and pure theatrical hokum, King Kong became an instant cultural phenomenon upon release; the monstrous ape’s remarkably lifelike personality – as well as his utter bewilderment at discovering the dual sensations of love and lust – continues to enthrall audiences of all ages nearly 80 years after its creation. Despite multiple remakes, the sight of the original King Kong climbing the Empire State Building as he gently cradles his beloved Ann Darrow in his gigantic paw is one of the primal images in all of movie history. With Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong and Kong, “the eighth wonder of the world.” (100 min.)
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.
The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.