Thursday, 23 October 2014

Space oddities


“Some big hard-boiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang--he cracks up and goes sappy.”(Carl Denham ).King kong is classic tale of beauty and the beast and the pursuit for happiness.

King kong 1933 is the ‘godfather,’ some could say, of alot fictional tales becoming a reality. The birthplace of two worlds colliding. The domination of white oppressor and the oppression of the black native. This is quite fitting, for the times in which the film was made.
The slavery era, how black people were viewed as barbaric animals.

This film is directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. starring Fay Wray (Ann Darrow), Robert Armstrong(Carl Denham), Bruce Cabot(John Driscoll) and Frank Reicher(Capt. Englehorn).

The film is about a hollywood director, who is in search of a great picture. Due to popular demand the audience desired a viewing of a beautiful woman on film, so that what he wanted to give them.The director sets out, with his crew, to a hidden island where a mythical creature lies. Carl scouted that location, because it had never been seen, and that combined with a beautiful lady would make for a spectacular film. ‘Beauty and the beast,’ is how Carl Denham first describe Ann Darrow nurturing affection toward the monkey which was a pet. It is a story where the beast is seen, not as a monster but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing

Merian use of tunneling camera angles was integral in the storytelling of King Kong, capturing the special effects by synchronising two screens into one.
The shots lead you through the whole scene, starting from the foreground then leading you eye to far background. His attempt of capturing the people and the dangerous creature was executed with technicality and precession for its time.This made the whole movie more authentic and believable.
he also used light as another medium of telling the story, bold contrasting light to give you a dramatic scene.

King Kongs storytelling methods worked well with the inter movie. The film is ever easy to follow and evokes a curiosity in the behind the scene production, which I enjoyed because it demands a deeper understanding of the film.


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