Carol Ann Duffy: The World’s Wife | Sheer Poetry
If you're Peter Jackson remaking King Kong(), the first question is relationship is still thoroughly conventional, and in turning Ann's fear. King Kong - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2, before resuming his search for Ann, he reflects on her and their relationship. Essay One Queen Kong 'Discuss a poem of your choice from 'The World's Wife'. Queen Kong, in relation to the monstrous gorilla King Kong is a somewhat.
I suppose each character is a refraction of the self, not necessarily your self, but from a range—insofar as we all have them-- of different selves and possibilities. Is this true of Delilah? So here I was looking at, again, love, and as we know Delilah betrays Samson by cutting his hair and taking away his strength.
Though he grows it again to bring down the temple. But in this poem I have her do it so that instead of becoming powerless he becomes gentle. In the original story, she cuts his hair to take away his strength whereas in your revision of it she does it with a certain amount of regret, with second thoughts, because he wants to become tender and loving.
He is … while she does it. And this is, on a quite simple level, about Shakespeare and sexual feelings, and love, my life, our lives. The poem is challenging the interpretation of his will as being an insult to her. It seems to be a homage to Shakespeare, but also an assertion of the sonnet form and a reflection on the relationship between language and feeling, poetry and the body. But she prefers to have a casket where you might keep ashes. You said earlier that you were always attracted to the sonnet form: They remind me of prayers.
I think the sonnet form is good for holding those moments, as prayers are or psalms. And you can memorise sonnets better than other forms. So I like to use it when I write in those areas—death or love or spiritual issues. Though they can be used for comedy… BW: But more often than not you use it for tenderer areas of subject matter rather than the satirical or the political.
It comes from the film King Kongand he is tender or tenderly possesses the Fay Wray character. In the movie, when King Kong is taken to New York, and is paraded around and exhibited, even though he loves Fay Wray, he ends up smashing planes and being violent.
And she sits on the top of the Empire State Building as well, as in the film; but she takes him there so that he can say goodbye to New York. And then she takes him to her island in a marriage and they have twelve happy years until he dies.
At which point she preserves and stuffs him. What is going on there? It is a Beauty and the Beast story, I mean, you talk about Samson learning to care, so this is Kong in female form learning to care for her little man. It is a love affair, and it is quite an erotic poem. He does love her. It is a very cinematic poem. If you loved Queen Kong, do you think you could go and live with her?
Though I suppose I took the noise of the bells from the film! In the novel, as in the film, Quasimodo—who is very ugly, physically—falls in love with the goat-girl, Esmeralda, and rescues her and gives her sanctuary. So much so that after the bell-ringing they set to and start making love underneath the ropes. And then they get married… BW: But she notices that his love for her begins to change and he begins to pick on her and become critical and he starts fancying the Esmeralda character.
But she moves beyond that, driven by a terrible rage, which encompasses self-loathing and moves towards destroying the bells which she has loved since childhood, and which he loves, and she goes up to the bell-tower and attacks the bells, cuts the bell-ropes and pulls out all the tongues in the bells, so she does to the bells what she feels has been done to her heart. Which rebounds on her as well as on him. The love has been taken away, and the feeling of betrayal leads to a terrible rage because she wants to hurt him where she thinks he can be hurt most, which is in the music of the bells.
But I was conscious of the poem as being about how women can develop self-loathing and harm themselves. Love and betrayal are both associated with the bells.
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So I had to find out about bells and what they could do—the stretti and trills and so on. So this is a poem about jealousy. I just thought that was a great image for jealousy, poisonous green snakes.
And then, after the change in her hair, her breath changes, her language changes, and she becomes this terrible creature and rather than allowing him to carry out his betrayal in a serious way, actually, she would rather he was dead. So she starts looking at things and they turn to stone: In my poem, his shield is his heart and his sword is his tongue, and he kills her by betraying her and not loving her.
The poem does seem to connect the with previous one, as poems about betrayal, but also because of the form, the clipped lines which are full of passion and tension and hate, including self-hate.
The women love the men—Mrs Quasimodo adores Quasimodo, Medusa adores Perseus, so these poems are about people whose partners are doing them wrong. Love gone bad has changed her.
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But love has twisted her as it twisted Mrs Quasimodo and ends in a loss of self-esteem. And of course Medusa is referred to in this. Based on Myra Hindley.King Kong (2005) Beautiful Scene
And in my case it was the Moors murderers; and in that case it was more complicated because press coverage kept Myra Hindley in our face for thirty years or so. And that she had confessed properly and then in time had been released in a civilised manner.
So I wanted to look at the idea of evil, of women who commit crimes because of their relationship with particular men. But she did get involved with a revolting psychopath and embarked on a folie a deux. So the poem, without making any kind of judgement, looks at aspects of that, at something which has been a part of my consciousness from childhood as well as part of a larger national debate.
I try to write about how she came to be living with an incarnation of the devil. Yes, although as you say, the story of Hindley and Brady is about a woman becoming involved with a man who is psychopathic, and to an extent has recognised what he did to her, and has taken responsibility, more than she has. The problem here is that she is seen as irredeemable. This last section of the poem is almost like a biblical chant, or biblical incantation?
Though there is something irredeemable about her: The devil should be single, if a devil were to exist, which I doubt. There are women who get involved with diabolical men. November Learn how and when to remove this template message Promotional image featuring Kong battling and killing the Tyrannosaurus.
The sexual politics of King Kong.
King Kong is well known for its groundbreaking use of special effects, such as stop-motion animationmatte paintingrear projection and miniaturesall of which were conceived decades before the digital age. A device called the surface gauge was used in order to keep track of the stop-motion animation performance. The iconic fight between Kong and the Tyrannosaurus took seven weeks to be completed. The scene was then composted with separate bird elements and rear projected behind the ship and the actors.
The background of the scenes in the jungle a miniature set were also painted on several layers of glass to convey the illusion of deep and dense jungle foliage. The most simple of these effects were accomplished by exposing part of the frame, then running the same piece of the film through the camera again by exposing the other part of the frame with a different image.
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The most complex shots, where the live-action actors interacted with the stop-motion animation, were achieved via two different techniques, the Dunning process and the Williams process, in order to produce the effect of a travelling matte. Dunning, employed the use of blue and yellow lighting, filtered and photographed into black-and-white film. Bi packing of the camera was used for these types of effects. With it, the special effects crew could combine two strips of different film at the same time, creating the final composite shot in the camera.
On the other hand, the Williams process, invented by cinematographer Frank D. Williamsdid not require a system of colored lights and could be used for wider shots. It was used in the scene where Kong is shaking the sailors off the log, as well as the scene where Kong pushes the gates open.
The Williams process did not use bipackingbut rather an optical printerthe first such device that synchronized a projector with a camera, so that several strips of film could be combined into a single composited image. Through the use of the optical printer, the special effects crew could film the foreground, the stop-motion animation, the live-action footage, and the background, and combine all of those elements into one single shot.
Another technique that was used in combining live actors and stop-motion animation was rear-screen projection. The actor would have a translucent screen behind him where a projector would project footage onto the back of the translucent screen.
It was used in the famous scene where Kong and the Tyrannosaurus fight while Ann watches from the branches of a nearby tree. The stop-motion animation was filmed first. Fay Wray then spent a twenty-two hour period sitting in a fake tree acting out her observation of the battle, which was projected onto the translucent screen while the camera filmed her witnessing the projected stop-motion battle.
She was sore for days after the shoot. The same process was also used for the scene where sailors from the Venture kill a Stegosaurus. O'Brien and his special effects crew also devised a way to use rear-projection in miniature sets.
A tiny screen was built into the miniature onto which live-action footage would then be projected. This miniature rear projection was used in the scene where Kong is trying to grab Driscoll, who is hiding in a cave.
The scene where Kong puts Ann in the top of a tree switched from a puppet in Kong's hand to a projected footage of Ann sitting. The scene where Kong fights the snake -like reptile in his lair was likely the most significant special effects achievement of the film, due to the way in which all of the elements in the sequence work together at the same time.
The scene was accomplished through the use of a miniature set, stop-motion animation for Kong, background matte paintings, real water, foreground rocks with bubbling mud, smoke and two miniature rear screen projections of Driscoll and Ann. Over the years, some media reports have alleged that in certain scenes Kong was played by an actor wearing a gorilla suit. Some actors had so much time between their Kong periods that they were able to fully complete work on other films.
Cabot completed Road House and Wray appeared in the horror films Dr. X and Mystery of the Wax Museum.
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She estimated she worked for ten weeks on Kong over its eight-month production. Some of these scenes were incorporated into the test reel later exhibited for the RKO board. The script was still in revision when the jungle scenes were shot and much of the dialogue was improvised. The jungle set was scheduled to be struck after Game was completed, so Cooper filmed all of the other jungle scenes at this time.
The last scene shot was that of Driscoll and Ann racing through the jungle to safety following their escape from Kong's lair. Naval airfield on Long Island. Views of New York City were filmed from the Empire State Building for backgrounds in the final scenes and architectural plans for the mooring mast were secured from the building's owners for a mock-up to be constructed on the Hollywood sound stage.
The great wall in the island scenes was a hand-me-down from DeMille 's The King of Kings and dressed up with massive gates, a gong, and primitive carvings. The scene of Ann being led through the gates to the sacrificial altar was filmed at night with hundreds of extras and lights for illumination.
A camera was mounted on a crane to follow Ann to the altar. The Culver City Fire Department was on hand due to concerns that the set might go up in flames from the many native torches used in the scene. The wall and gate were destroyed in for Gone With the Wind 's burning of Atlanta sequence. Hundreds of extras were once again used for Kong's rampage through the native village, and filming was completed with individual vignettes of mayhem and native panic.
Meanwhile, the scene depicting a New York woman being dropped to her apparent death from a hotel window was filmed on the sound stage using the articulated hand.