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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Academics Misinterpreting Hollywood

Academics Misinterpreting Hollywood

When will an academic ever see anything other than “the other” in King Kong movies?  Not this week.  You can almost hear the voice of the bespectacled fourth grader: “Look mommy, I found a racist.  Can I keep him?” 

Anyone out there willing to rise to the challenge of offering a real interpretation?  Someone want to show us how the 1973 King Kong was the most eerily accurate prophecy of 9/11 ever filmed?  Someone else want to point out that Jackson’s new King Kong recapitulates the 1933 original to reveal Hollywood entertainment itself as the dominant threat to the long-term sustenance of industrial civilization?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?

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