FINAL REVIEW - 11/2 KING KONG-Cooper and Schoedsack The...

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11/2 KING KONG-Cooper and Schoedsack The poster- what is the movie about? Action/horror/thriller/sci-fi? There was no genre for this yet Genre Development: Mystery Thriller Fantasy Terror-scary Horror-revolting King Kong doesn’t really fit any of these Lon Chaney -creepy roles, makeup-his career based on the ability to distort the human body US-fascination with gruesome, horror and physically damaged bodies begins after WW1 -possibly because people saw veterans on the streets “The Penalty”-1920 -used the book Plastic Surgery of the Face Skin grafts- eyes, fish scales, nose “The Phantom of the Opera” 1925 WAR is the model for horror film Conrad Veidt in “The Man Who Laughs” 1927 -he was mutilated as a child and turned into a circus freak. -German European director -b/c hes a European, not afraid to make weird connections between sexuality and repulsive characters. Paul Leni for Univeral “The Cat and the Canary”—1927 -broadway play, not supernatural yet 1920s-no concept of “supernatural” in movies—logical and rational explanations for why horror shit is occurring “London After Midnight”-Tod Browning 1927 -not vampires because that wouldn’t be realistic. “Doctor X”-Micahel Curtiz, Warner 1932 “The Mystery of the Wax Museum”-Warner “Freaks”-Tod Browning 1932 MGM -REAL freaks
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American-REALISTIC “horror” films Europe-SURREALISM “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” Germany 1919 -not considered horror, but over the edge, arsty, and psychoanalytic “The Golem”-Germany 1920 -supernatural story, creation of artificial life “Nosferatu”-Germany 1922 -basically Dracula, chased by author, not popular in the US used stylization (artsy) to express inside feelings Dracula-popular play in the 1920’s –he is an ACTUAL vampire (“supernatural” or “other world”) Universal – want to adapt the European style (German influenced studio) 1931-the audience is ready for fantasy “Frankenstein”- literary adaptations, adopt german style-not realistic “White Zombie”-zombie Hatian voodoo -idea from book, also religious and ethnic “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” 1931 -Paramount –french, Darwinian pitchs -unlike other films @ time=HIGH END (not trashy) -“the caveman”—man who acts without restraint “King Kong”- there was no demand or precedent, yet it was a HUGE hit—why? --curious JUXTAPOSITION -gorrilla (jungle) and the city – surrealism Surrealism - Andre Breton -poet in the 1920’s, being critical -reaction to intellectualized “isms” -project: how to channel the unconscious directly, without conscious control -process: automatic writing? Dreams? -practice: dynamic juxtaposition of iconic images Dreams Rene Manitte- pic with train Dali-surreral artist, and Disney Un Chien Andalou-Dali and Bunuel 1929 Surrealism-art form for PSYCHOANANLYSIS Surrealists and movie people go together King Kong -dreams, artistic, self produced from the unconscious. Works the other way too-dreams assembled by reality—reality assembled by dreams
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