by Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss
A poster for the 1933 film King Kong shows the famous monster ape holding helpless Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) atop the Empire State Building.
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October 21, 2010 Hollywood has always been a place where the glamorous and the grotesque go hand in paw. Paula Uruburu recommends books that strip away the sentiment to focus on the darker side of Hollywood's mass-produced fantasies.
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