King Kong - Summary

When Frankin Roosevelt told America, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he wasn’t thinking about a movie (called King Kong) which had opened just two days before. Instead, the president was talking about America's desperate financial and economic plight. The country was in the throes of the Great Depression.

Significant scenes in the original 1933 version of King Kong - like the more recent film directed by Peter Jackson - take place at the Empire State Building. The popular New York City structure was only three years old at the time of the earlier film.

Kong, of course, is a fictional gigantic gorilla who does not harm Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts). Her friend, Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), does his best to rescue her but is thwarted, frequently, by Carl Denham (Jack Black) who has other (more selfish) motives.

As the group of adventurers make their way on Skull Island, they not only encounter Kong (who has the made-up scientific name of Megaprimatus kong [“Huge-Primate kong”] in the 2005 film), they are likewise threatened by a host of other dinosaur-era creatures.

In this story behind the movie, step back in time to Depression-era America. Follow in the footsteps of Dorothea Lange as she photographs a “migrant mother” (Florence Owens Thompson) and her children. Virtually visit the Empire State Building (as it was in the 1930s and as it is now), and watch endangered gorillas as they live (and play) in their natural environment. Meet a T. rex fossil and follow the path of paleontologists as they uncover other types of prehistoric creatures.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 01, 2005

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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