Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This ‘soon-to-be-unfortunate’ soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is it’s grasps. Carl and Ann’s new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. –IMDb
American producer and director Merian C. Cooper met his partner Ernest B. Schoedsack in Poland just after serving as a lieutenant colonel with the Kosciusko Flying Squadron during World War I. Together the two went on to co-direct two documentaries. Their success lead Cooper and Schoedsack to begin working in fictional features notable for their exotic backgrounds. Their most famous film is the classic King Kong (1933), in which Cooper also acted. In 1933, he gave up directing in favor of full-time producing when he succeeded long-time friend David O. Selznick as vice president in charge of production at RKO. Selznick then appointed Cooper the vice-president of Selznick International Pictures in 1936. Cooper entered the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II where he became a colonel and chief of staff to General Claire Chennault in China. When he finally retired from the military, he was a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force. In 1947, he and director John Ford formed Argosy Pictures… read more
Six-foot-six Iowa-native Ernest B. Schoedsack was fascinated with the mechanics of film photography long before taking his first movie job with the Keystone Studios in 1914. During World War I, he worked as a Signal Corps cameraman, and after the Armistice he labored mightily on behalf of Polish war relief, helping thousand of Poles escape the Russian occupied territories. While in Ukraine in 1920 he met Captain Merian Cooper, who, like Schoedsack, was a fervent anti-Bolshevik — and also an aspiring film director. The men renewed their friendship after the hostilities, collaborating on a brace of documentary films, Grass (1926) and Chang (1927). Still in partnership with Cooper, Schoedsack co-directed the fictional adventure film The Four Feathers (1929), then, after another documentary, the Cooper-Schoedsack team helmed RKO’s The Most Dangerous Game (1932), which featured Four Feathers leading-lady Fay Wray. Concurrently with Game, Schoedsack and O’Brien launched their most ambitious… read more
De vez em quando, o cinema surge imenso,grandioso,monumental em frente aos nossos olhos.Mais do que apenas inaugurar tecnologias, esses filmes de proporções gigantescas viabilizam sonhos.Uns recriam universos,outros inaugura fantasias.A primeira encarnação de King Kong foi um destes marcos.A partir dali,o cinema mudou. A imaginação ganhou novas dimensões.E o topo do Empire State nunca mais foi o mesmo | Chico Fireman
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RKO head of production Merian C. Cooper (“The Most Dangerous Game” & “Four Feathers”), inspired by his childhood readings and his on-location study of baboons in Africa, recruits old friend writer… read review
Le mythe de la bête géante tombant amoureux de la Belle a connu une de ses premières adaptations avec le film de Cooper et Schoedsack, King Kong. Durant près de 100 minutes, l’oeuvre privilégie avant… read review
King Kong is easily one of the most fun movies I’ve ever seen. The first movie ever released to feature music synchronized to the movements of characters on screen, it took the world by storm. It… read review