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Race Doesn’t Matter

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Race Doesn’t Matter
Race Doesn’t Matter

This year, the original King Kong celebrates its 75th anniversary, and thanks to Turner Classic Movies (the most watched channel here at Slant), I finally saw it last night. I spent half of the duration of the film amused (literally laughing out loud at Robert Armstrong’s over-the-top performance and ridiculous dialogue, Kong’s pearly-white grin, the T. rex’s wrestling finesse, and the agile, water-friendly, man-eating Brontosaurus) and, having never read a single piece of criticism about the film, I spent the other half horrified at its blatant racism. To be fair, the film’s special effects are an astounding achievement for 1933, but Old Hollywood’s racial sensitivity—not so much.