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This week at TFE we're celebrating the centennial of one of cinema's most prolific and legendary producers,Dino De Laurentiis.Here's Nathaniel R with a film that made the producer even more globally famous.

Dino de Laurentiis with "a new star"Jessica Lange

It's easy to see the retro but continuing appeal ofKing Kong to filmmakers.The legendary Beauty & Beast story is always about the movies themselves.An actress is the damsel in distress,the plot catalyst character is a movie director,the supersized monster is the myth being made.Along the way the storyintendingto be told by the showbiz cast of characters radically changes but the moviestillmanages to be about putting on a show.It's just another kind of show altogether after they meet Kong.The story,or,more accurately,the need to reboot it over and over again, is a great metaphor for the amoral churning of Hollywood as Capitalistic Machine.In most versions of King Kong,you dispose of the talent just as the show ends.Death to Kong!(Long live New Kong!)

While De Laurentiis was not actually a director,he was enough of a character in showbiz to often feel like the man behind the curtain instead of the man calling the shots on set (Directed bywho?).Such was the case with his remake ofKing Kong(1976)...


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