Reel Classics of Greater Boston Club: Presentation/Discussion on the making of King Kong (1933)

MAKING KING KONG (1933) – From Story to Soundtrack

This is considered to be the first great monster adventure film and remains one of the best.  How did it originate and who were the people most responsible for getting it made? The program will trace how KING KONG came into being, from its story to the screenplay and the soundtrack. The main part of the program will be on the memorable music by Max Steiner, considered to be the first great synchronized film score.  Music examples will be used to illustrate how the score was composed.

This presentation will prepare filmgoers to appreciate the film on the big screen on March 15th as part of the Fathom Events/Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series.

Roger Hall is a film music critic and author of the book, A Guide to Film Music – Songs and Scores (PineTree Press), has a section in his book about the 1933 KING KONG film score.  He is also the Managing Editor of Film Music Review (FMR), an online e-zine.  For the 75th anniversary of KING KONG’s release, he produced a tribute for the e-zine.  His interest in this film goes way back. He had the pleasure of first watching this film as a young boy when it was first shown on television in the 1950s.  Since then he has watched it many times and collected much information about how the film evolved from the initial concept to the final screenplay and the impressive stop motion animation by Willis O’Brien.

Everyone is invited to come and learn how this film about the Beauty and the Beast story came into being with its snappy dialogue, remarkable stop-motion animation, and a terrifying and unforgettable soundtrack.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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