King Kong is Back!: An Unauthorized Look at One Humongous Ape!

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 Kong fans will go bananas over this collection of essays on one of film's most powerful and evocative figures. Experts in the fields of race, gender, evolution, special effects, and film explore the legend of King Kong from every angle in this study of the magical and unparalleled original film. From Why has King Kong affected the American consciousness so profoundly? to What does the story say about race, gender, and sexuality? and Why have the sequels failed to re-create ...
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** COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED **
 Kong fans will go bananas over this collection of essays on one of film's most powerful and evocative figures. Experts in the fields of race, gender, evolution, special effects, and film explore the legend of King Kong from every angle in this study of the magical and unparalleled original film. From Why has King Kong affected the American consciousness so profoundly? to What does the story say about race, gender, and sexuality? and Why have the sequels failed to re-create the original's allure?, the essayists examine all aspects of this landmark film and its impact on society, culture, and media. Insights into the new version, due out this year by acclaimed Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, are also included.
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"[The essays] range from informative to wise-ass; all entertain... If not something for everyone, it’s darn close."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100648
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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David Brin is the author of 15 novels, including Earth, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War, and numerous short stories. He is the recipient of three Hugo awards and one Nebula award. He lives in San Diego, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the ape in the mirror 1
I King Kong through time : nostalgia, technology and the twenty-first century
Over the river and a world away 13
The big ape on the small screen 19
Not the movie : King Kong '76 27
King Kong 2005 37
Three acts of the beast 49
II The world of King Kong : science, art and the making of a classic
Thirty-three 61
King Kong and 1930s science fiction 69
The making of King Kong 77
Improbable antics 85
Darwin, Freud and King Kong 93
Dragon's teeth and hobbits 103
King Kong behind the scenes 113
III The philosophy of King Kong : thinking about the great ape
Of gorillas and gods 123
Why does my daughter love King Kong so much? 135
'Twas stupidity killed the beast 147
Ann, abandoned 153
Scream for your life 165
Divided kingdom 173
Queer eye for the ape guy? 187
'Twas beauty killed the beast 197
King Kong "sequels" and inspired films 213
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