Film On Film

King Kong (1933) in 16mm

Directed by
Ernest B. Schoedsack & Merian C. Cooper

We’re thrilled to be giving our May Is For Monsters! megaseries a proper kickoff with the original King Kong, presented in 16mm as part of our “Film On Film” series in collaboration with Bradley Reeves and his Appalachian Media Archives!

“There is something ageless and primeval about King Kong.” – Roger Ebert

Actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) travel to the Indian Ocean to do location shoots for Denham’s new jungle picture. Along the way, the actress meets and falls for rugged First Mate John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). Upon arriving at a mysterious island, Ann is taken hostage by natives who prepare her as a sacrifice to the enormous ape Kong who rules over their jungle. But when Ann is rescued and Kong is captured, the real trouble begins.

“King Kong was created to grip and thrill like no movie before, and these basic principles hold surprisingly true today.” – BBC

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Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot