It’ll be more fun than a barrel of preternaturally gargantuan simians at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences when King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, two of cinema’s greatest apes, battle it out Aug. 14 during one evening in the Academy Standards film series.
The 1933 classic “King Kong,” starring Fay Wray, will unspool along with the 1949 pic “Mighty Joe Young,” which won an Oscar for its special effects. Both films were directed by Ernest Schoedsack. (Disney is readying a remake of “Joe.”)
Films will start at 7:30 p.m.
The plots of both the “Kong” and “Joe” pics center on entertainment impressarios who capture the wild apes and bring them back to civilization to exploit them for financial gain.
Tickets for the Academy Standards screening are $5 for the general public and $2 for Acad members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and films start at 7:30 p.m. in the Acad’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. For info call (310) 247-3600.