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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) Review

Kate: irl mean anime girlJan 17, 2021, 9:20:04 AM
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If you really think about it, Twilight is just Tarzan for the goth crowd.

Both women switch between fear and marvelling as they are protected by what they are fear. For Bella, she's afraid of shiny vampire teeth, and Jane is afraid of the primal nature of a man raised as an animal. There's something innate about the desire to be protected by the masculine nature inside women's lust-brains. To be afraid of, and protected by, toxic masculinity.

In 1932, they were capable of a more direct symbolism, whereas in the 2000's you have to lie and bury it deep, and even then feminists will sense the natural truth that it's conveying and call it sexist. Twilight is women trying to process their lust for masculism in a society that demonises it. She's not both attracted to afraid of his primal sexual nature. It isn't the threat of rape that gets her confused, but 'biting' I guess. It's supernatural opposed to primal natural. That's better, easier to digest.

Anyway, Tarzan the Ape Man is great. It cuts between 'get away your animal maleness frightens me' to 'please hold me and protect me' within seconds in a cute way.

For almost half the film, Maureen O'Sullivan has to carry the film on her shoulders, and even more considering that her romantic lead can't really speak to her, and she does it fantastically. Her Jane is well-acted and well-written, not shying away from nature or danger but still being feminine. Effortlessly portrays the type of woman who would be both a contrast in femininity and attracted to that deep masculinity. She and her father, played by C. Aubrey Smith, have a fun chemistry. And, obviously, Johnny Weissmuller having the ability to portray a human yet animal man, and somehow having you believing it every minute is simply amazing.