Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2005.
Call No: 175 KIS
Publisher: Queensland Art Gallery
PhysDes: 127 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Subject: AUSTRALIAN CINEMATHEQUE; MONSTERS IN FILMS; ANIMALS IN FILMS; PREHISTORIC ANIMALS IN FILM; LOST WORLD, THE (US, Willis O'Brian, 1925); GRASS (US, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1926); CHANG (US, Ernest B. Schoedsack & Merian C. Cooper, 1927); FRANKENSTEIN (US, James Whale, 1931); BLONDE VENUS (US, Josef von Sternberg, 1932); MUMMY, THE (US, Karl Freund, 1932); ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE (US, Erle C. Kenton, 1932); KING KONG (US, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933); SON OF KONG (US, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933); TARZAN AND HIS MATE (US, Cedric Gibbons, 1934); BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE (US, James Whale, 1935); BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (US, Curt Siodmok, 1951); CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (US, Jack Arnold, 1954); HSING HSING WANG (HK, Meng-Hwa Ho, 1977)
Summary: Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong explores images of gorillas, wild beasts and monsters in art, film, science, literature and popular culture from the late nineteenth century to today. It examens humanity's highly charged relationship with primates and draws connections between debates about evolution, race, aesthetics and sex - from satirical cartoons of gorillas in Punch! to HR Hopp's famous World War One recruiting poster Destroy this mad brute: enlist, which shows Kaiser Wilhelm as a large ape. Many incarnations of the Beauty and the Beast tale in art and film unfold in Kiss of the Beast - from French artist Emmanuel Fremiet's sculptures of a gorilla carrying off a woman of 1859 and 1887, to the classic 1933 image o Fay Wray in the grip of King Kong. Early short films and animations; groundbreaking expeditionary documentaries; iconic 'monster' movies from 130s to 1950s Hollywood; and some of the many versions of the Kong story from America, Japan and Hong Kong are also featured. Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong is richly illustrated with film stills from many famous big ape and monster movies - including King Kong, Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon - as well as posters, sculptures, painting, prints and rare books. This book was published in conjunction with 'Kiss of the Beast', an integrated exhibition and film program presented by the Australian Cinematheque, Queensland Art Gallery.
Donation: Australian Cinematheque, Queensland Art Gallery