focus on monsters kiss of the beast

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King Kong. Courtesy: British Film Institute and Effie Holdings
Friday 9 December - Sunday 18 December 2005

Surrender to this mega-movie season coinciding with the opening of Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson's much-anticipated King Kong.

Kiss of the Beast explores the origins and influences of Kong, from early animation, through cinematic interpretations of Darwinian theory, to the many incarnations of the 'Beauty and the Beast' tale in Hollywood movies.

Curated by Kathryn Weir for the launch of the Australian Cinémathèque at the Queensland Art Gallery, in association with an exhibition co-curated with Dr Ted Gott.

Full $13  Concession $10
Six session pass: Full $60  Concession $48

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king kong

Hollywood director Carl Denham, his team of explorers and Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) travel to mysterious Skull Island where they meet the giant ape.

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king klunk

This King Kong satire, released just six months after the film, is an episode from a cartoon series about a happy-go-lucky dog.

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sur un air de charleston

A rare, playful piece of reverse ethnography, Renoir's film  features a young woman roaming the streets with an ape-like creature.

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origin of species: darwinism in cinema

Program of early silent films exploring the influence of Darwin's theory of evolution on cinema and the widespread interest in primates.

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trader horn

A trader on safari with his sidekick and African guide encounters a missionary woman who is searching for her long-lost daughter.

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mighty joe young

Cooper and Schoedsack's third big-gorilla picture is a variation on the cross-cultural and cross-species exploitations of the original Kong story.

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tarzan the ape man

The enduring popularity of the first MGM Tarzan talkie can be attributed to its eager embrace of taboo topics.

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tarzan and his mate

Jane and the scantily clad Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) swing through the trees, playing erotically charged games.

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the son of kong

This sequel to King Kong explores the central character Carl Denham's sense of guilt for Kong's death in the first movie.

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bride of the gorilla

Set on a plantation in the depths of the Amazon,  this 50s trash B-movie stars Raymond Burr as a man cursed, who sees himself turning into a gorilla.

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mighty peking man

Hong Kong's take on King Kong has sleazy promoter Mr Lu commissioning handsome hero Chen Zhengfeng to help track down a mythical ape-like monster.

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the lost world

A group of explorers venture into the wilds of the Amazon to bring back proof of living dinosaurs.

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king kong vs godzilla

The mighty ape clashes with Japan's finest flamethrower in what must be one of the great drawcard title fights of the century!

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king kong escapes

A mad scientist builds a giant robotic Kong to mine plutonium. When it fails, he is forced to kidnap the real King Kong.

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murders in the rue morgue

A loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe tale, Murders in the Rue Morgue is a dark exploration of the relationship between human and great ape.

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creature from the black lagoon

Marine scientists on a riverboat journey into the Amazon discover the Gill Man: an amphibious, prehistoric creature.

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revenge of the creature

The sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon has the Gill Man removed from his natural habitat and taken to a marine park to be studied by scientists.

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hollywood goes wild!

Join the program curators and acclaimed author, film critic and curator Adrian Martin for a discussion of key themes in Kiss of the Beast.

king kong: the game

Join special guest Owen Hughes from Ubisoft for a live demonstration of the new King Kong game.

Fri 9 Dec - Sun 18 Dec 2005
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