Another Day, Another Film

I just finished watching Merian C. Cooper’s follow-up to King Kong, his 1935 adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s “She.” What an excellent, technically-innovative film, practically ahead of it’s time with all the cutting-edge matte and optical work (an RKO specialty at that point) along with some really neat set design and cinematography, including even a zoom here and there. The new Legend Films DVD release presents a colorized version of the film which was supervised by Ray Harryhausen and it looks absolutely stellar – in fact we learn Cooper wanted to shoot the film in color originally but they cut his budget down only $500,000 for this film. What a neato film.