Vertigo Effect

A Visual Film Essay

Willis O’ Brien poses with a full size head of King Kong, 1933

Willis O’Brien on the King Kong set.

(Source: aicn-bts)


Fay Wray & Bruce Cabot have a guest in King Kong (1933, dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)

King Kong was about beauty and the beast, but the beast wasn’t Kong, who’d never have harmed Fay. It was New York City, monster town that could eat up love-sick gorillas. Kong was the big hairy child who couldn’t make it in Manhattan. One more hick.

— Jerome Charyn, Movieland: Hollywood and the great American dream culture (NYU Press, 1996)

Fixed. theme by Andrew McCarthy