Monday, April 7, 2008
Kong at 75
For some, it marks the beginning of Man's curious, sexual gaze upon Woman on film. For others, it signifies everything absurdly perfect about a narrative brought to life through sight and sound. Studied, analyzed, and debated heavily to this day, King Kong is the personification of cinematic fantasy. Seventy-five years after its theatrical release, it remains one of the most influential, awesome visions committed to celluloid. It is a massive spectacle, an unfiltered vision of American capitalism, racism, and masculinity, and one of the great, defining treasures of this medium. For better or worse, King Kong has been cinema's own for 75 years.