The most eagerly anticipated film of 1976 was the remake of "King Kong" which starred Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange. A week after that film came out, Americans were greeting it with a collective yawn. The remake offered nothing new on the tale, and thrust preachy and self-righteous characters on us. In "Queen Kong," however silly, a deep dive into the controversial subject of redefining a woman's role in modern society took place. With satire, and some neat role reversal, important questions were posed....unlike the "King Kong" remake.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Queen Kong, She's the Queenie for my Weenie
Rula Lenska! The symbol of glamour and allure in the U.K. In the late 1970s, Alberto VO5 used her as the spokesmodel for their shampoo. U.S. audiences were confused. Ms. Lenska began the commercial, "I'm Rula Lenska..." Americans collectively responded..."who?" Perhaps if our film today did not get tangled in legal disputes, and actually had a theatrical release in theaters, we Americans would have known who Rula Lenska was....and purchased more Alberto VO5 instead of that green goop....Prell! 1976's "Queen Kong" is sure to offend. Poking fun at Jews, Catholics, Queen Elizabeth, Jimmy Carter, Playboy, Ronald Reagan, Gays, consumerism, etc., if you are easily offended, stay away.