Ray Harryhausen on King Kong

As part of the members only Screen Epiphanies strand, Ray Harryhausen remembers his first experience of King Kong - a screening at Mann's Chinese Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in 1933. Harryhausen describes how going to see a film in the cinema on a Saturday night was a special event at the time, marked by ceremony and circumstance. King Kong was the first movie that involved animation with a non-drawn character, and the stop motion it encorporated, and which became Harryhausen's signature technique, was something unheard of at the time. With gossip concerning the technical effects in the film filling the newspapers of the day, it proved a watershed moment in Harryhausen's life and ultimately his career.


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