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