Long Live the King


Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:00pm
Webster U./Moore

“Long Live the King” explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” 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, writer Edgar Wallace, 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. Among the legion of Kong fans interviewed are “Simpsons” writer/producer Dana Gould, director Joe Dante (a former SLIFF honoree), and artist Bill Stout.

$15 for double bill
82 min.

Directed by

Frank Dietz

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight
With an intro and discussion by We Are Movie Geeks editor Tom Stockman.

Plays on a double bill with King Kong