Her performance in the film, in which she played the role of Dwan, saw her scoop her first Golden Globe Award. In unearthed snaps from the award-winning film, the star can be seen looking sensational as she attempts to tame King Kong. In one photo, Jessica is pictured looking shocked as she gazes up at the gigantic monster, who had been holding her in his hand.
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Like vampires, zombies, and superheroes, the story of a giant ape from Somewhere Else—a creature worshiped as a god in his own world, who is kidnapped and taken to the United States in shackles to serve as a plaything for a wealthy white elite—has proven especially metaphorically rich. Perhaps the nicest thing that can be said about the racial politics of the original King Kong is that they reflect the tenor of the times, which were, alas, very racist. An astonishing technical and creative achievement that time has rendered deeply problematic, King Kong takes place in an imperialist fever dream of the East. Either way, Skull Island is a terrifying, otherworldly realm, more like another dimension than another continent, full of superstitious, glowering villagers and fantastical creatures.
TV Version, split up in two parts and aired on two evenings. The Extended Version contains alomst 60 more min of footage and was only aired once. There's no info that this version has ever been released on any home media.
By Amy Nicholson. The two high-cheekboned actresses launched their careers as models and dancers before studying the art of silence; Lange as a mime, and Crawford as one of the last pre-talkies glamour girls to transition into sound. Crawford, who quit school after 5th grade, read scripts with a dictionary.
Every month at The Potemkin we focus on a classic film, and explore other films, literature, music, art, comics, and cuisine also popular that month. March is March and King Kong. Corbett Treece explores the perhaps naively handled racial implications and fears of miscegenation evident in Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack's film King King, other early s jungle films such as Trader HornIngagiand The Blonde Captive, as well as the overt sexuality displayed in the Dino De Laurentiis adaptation in which Jessica Lange's character Dwan is depicted half naked and in orgasmic thrawl or Kong's explicitly sexual advances.
Jessica Lange. For someone as innately cool and self-possessed as Jessica Lange, slipping into the skin of women in various stages of psychological and emotional disarray seems to come with remarkable ease. Her kids grown, Lange, now 64 and a grandmotheronce again calls New York City, where she began her career as an actress, home.