Double Bill: Long Live the King and King Kong
SLIFF bows down to the King — Kong, that is — with a double bill of “Long Live the King” and the 1933 classic that introduced the giant gorilla to the awestruck world. The documentary “Long Live the King” explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. The documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios. The double bill concludes — of course! — with “King Kong,” allowing viewers to return to the treacherous jungle of Skull Island and thrill again as Kong climbs the Empire State Building with Fay Wray gently clutched in a giant paw.