Friday, March 26, 2010

Favorite Films: Tarzan, The Ape Man

If you ever get a chance to see the original MGM flick Tarzan, The Ape Man... take it. This movie is so much fun. It’s quirky too, but that’s not a bad thing. Most interesting to me is how real it looks when he fights with a lion. I was very impressed with the quality of such a primitive movie to make something so dangerous look that good. Obviously he didn’t fight a lion, so how did they do that??
In the end some of the film’s plot breaks down, but this doesn’t take away from the fun. No sir, it actually opens things up. What is that creature in the pit? Why does it look like a gorilla? Why does it have such sharp teeth? 
And that little monkey is awesome.
I definitely understand why this flick spawned umpteen sequels. Check it out.
The List So Far:
1927 - Metropolis - Fritz Lang
1928 - Steamboat Willie - Ub Iwerks
1931 - M - Fritz Lang
1932 - Tarzan, The Ape Man - W. S. Van Dyke

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