The Eighth Wonder of the World still reigns

Though the ape is old, the thrill remains. Shake off your memories of Peter Jackson’s recent misguided remake and take in the original in all its glory: Film Forum celebrates the 75th anniversary of King Kong’s 1933 release, which took place at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy. Witness cutting-edge Depression-era special effects in all their glory—sure, you know it’s really a 24-inch ape on a Culver City backlot, but that’s still all of Fay Wray screaming her head off. Think you can match her? Then make it to the 1 p.m. screening for the Fay Wray Scream-Alike Contest—just be careful where you practice your panicked outcry.
Sun., March 2, 1 & 4 p.m., 2008