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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #166: Long Live the King, The Legacy of King Kong

Happy New Year, everyone! I have a thrilling episode for you tonight! You won't believe it but is believing! He was a KING in his world, but here he is just a captive--KONG, the 8th wonder of the world! Yes, this episode is all about one of cinema's most innovative and grandest achievements. None other than King Kong himself! And who better to join us in the Kong part than artist, producer, actor, and director Frank Dietz, who is the co-director of a brand new documentary all about everyone's favorite giant ape called Long Live the King! Also joining us in this episode is Cinema Junkie Podcast's Beth Accomando, who is also my programming partner in San Diego for an organization called The Film Geeks, where we highlight, program, and introduce unique, transgressive, or bizarre films that otherwise would not get a proper screening in our unfair city. We are doing TWO different full-year series in 2017, one of which is at The Museum of Photographic Arts and will start on Friday the 13th of this month--a double feature of Frank's documentary and the original 1933 classic King Kong! I can't wait! Get your tickets here! In this episode, we discuss the factors that make the original King Kong such an important piece of cinematic history, take a look at the many imitations and remakes that have followed in its wake, and discuss some of the key elements of the documentary Long Live the King and what it adds to the conversation. Enjoy this episode--it's one of my faves! Follow Beth on Twitter @cinebeth and Frank @theFrankDietz! Also, you should definitely check out the podcast Damn Dirty Geeks!

Artwork by Frank Dietz himself!

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June 6, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#155: Censoring Hollywood: How the Motion Picture Production Code Changed Filmmaking

Production CodeWow, another podcast episode more focused on classic film than horror! Horror can be peripherally involved, though, as the main thrust of our conversation is censorship and The Production Code that became the means for censorship in Hollywood for over three decades. I was graciously invited to join Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando at The La Jolla Playhouse's Discovery Sunday event yesterday, following a production of their fantastic new play "Hollywood."

"Hollywood" will run at The La Jolla Playhouse through June 12th, so if you listen to this early enough, you should definitely go see it! Not only is it entertaining, with some brilliant acting and some appropriately risque moments, but it is a clever look at the unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor through the eyes of Hollywood's censor himself--William Hays. Patrick Kerr, by the way, plays Hays almost perfectly, with gusto and the kind of charm that would have given the staunch conservative a foothold among wild 1920s Hollywood.

The Discovery Conversation, though, was less about the play and more about the historical context behind and Production Code Discussionafter the events portrayed in the play. We talk about the loose cannon state censorship boards of the 20s, the writing and adopting of The Production Code in 1930, the pre-code era, the actual enforcement of the Production Code in late 1934, and how it affected filmmaking thereafter. This is one of my favorite topics, so I was pretty enthusiastic despite the affects of losing my voice.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy listening to our discussion as much as the audience said they did yesterday! And, more importantly, go out and find some great classic films! We talk Pre-code a lot, but we also talk about Film Noir and some other subversive films. I handed out a pamphlet of recommended pre-code films at the event. Here is the PDF to get you started! Pre-Code Guide

After listening to this podcast, listen to the Cinema Junkie interview with "Hollywood" writer Joe DiPietro here: