Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper
100 min | 1933 | USA | Not Rated
**Post-film discussion with Leslie Knapp, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah
A timeless tale of man versus beast, this classic set the standard for monster movies. While shooting in the jungle, a filmmaker discovers an awe-inspiring marvel of nature: a colossal gorilla dubbed Kong. After subduing the mighty beast, the crew returns to New York with the primate, who promptly escapes, spreading mayhem throughout the city.
Leslie Knapp is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a faculty member, and ultimately Chair, in the Department of Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) from 1997, until 2013 when she moved to the U of U. Research in her laboratory focuses on the genetics and behavior of primates and she has a particular interest in the factors that influence mate choice in humans and other primate species. Her research has taken her to study howler monkeys in Mexico, lemurs in Madagascar, baboons in Namibia, chimpanzees in Uganda, mandrills and gorillas in Gabon. Her work has been featured on BBC and ITV television in the United Kingdom and in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, The Telegraph (U.K.) and Times Higher Education.