King Kong: Classic Film Screening at Alex Theatre
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The last date listed for King Kong was Saturday October 25, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Amy C.
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To see one of the greatest classic films on the big screen with a receptive crowd was a wonderful treat. The Alex Theater, a historic art deco theater, is a beautiful venue to see films as they were meant to be seen. The program started off with a Max Fleischer Superman Cartoon "Terror Under the Big Top" which was about a gorilla that got loose at the circus, only to be thwarted by Superman. Magnificent animation with detail even down to the art-deco buildings. Next a 1933 newsreel was shown to get viewers back in the time frame that the movie was filmed.
The main event: what can you say about the original King Kong? The film moves at a great pace, and the early stop-motion achievements and effects in this film are stupendous. When you see the models of King Kong and the dinosaurs/creatures he fights, you never stop to think of it as "fake". This is amazing when you think of the computer generated effects we have now. The original film still thrills. The beautiful Fay Wray is menaced by Kong and a variety of frightening monsters on Skull Island & later is plucked from safety in Manhattan to experience a climb to the top of the Empire State Building.
Reviewing this film is superfluous, so I can only suggest seeing it on the big screen the next time you have the special opportunity.
The classic monster picture that spawned the rest is not simply a cinematic relic. King Kong was created to grip and thrill like no movie before, and these basic principles hold surprisingly true today. From Willis O’Brien’s amazing technical effects to Max Steiner’s score, the details add up to more than the pieces. King Kong has been remade, but never made better. As is usual, the Alex’s Halloween show will be sure to delight both fans and families.