I LOVE IT!!!
Not bad, considering it was made in the fifties and I am a much younger generation.
Based on the writings of Anna Leonowen who taught school in the royal court of Siam (Thailand) circa 1860s, Walter Lang's screen adaptation of the popular stage play stars Deborah Kerr and Yul Brenner. When widowed teacher Anna (Kerr) is hired to educate the children of Siamese King Mongkut (Brenner giving his Academy Award performance) her arrival in Bangkok triggers an immediate culture clash as her proper British sensibilities come up against the King's sense of supreme entitlement. Several song and dance segments later---including an Asian take on "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the now famous pas de deux between Anna and the King---the two arrive at a new understanding, and perhaps more. But whether or not you like this multiple Oscar winner will depend on how you approach it. As a gushing musical it's a winning combination of lush hand-painted sets, exotic costumes, and a barrage of familiar tunes by Rogers & Hammerstein. When it comes to historical accuracy however Leonowens memoirs are hopelessly skewed and, according to some people including the Thai government which banned the film, patently disrespectful. But if you were able to overlook the lie behind "The Sound of Music" you'll like this one too. I did!
Liked it but hated the ending.
GREAT 1956 film version of Broadway musical, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. That novel in turn was based on memoirs written by Anna Leonowens, who became school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s.
Yul Brynner is excellent in his bald head lead role. Just learned from wikipedia Brynner was Russian born Yuliy Borisovich Briner in Vladivostok, July 11, 1920.
Deborah Kerr was excellent in her lead Anna Leonowens role - wearing all those giant hooped dresses. Apparently all her singing was overdubbed by Marni Nixon who got only a flat $420 so Marni didn't monetarily share in the film's great success.
Several of the Siamese characters were played by non-Asian actors, including the romantic couple played by Carlos Rivas, beautiful Puerto-Rican Rita Morena, English Martin Benson - and others. Guess that was just part of 1956 Hollywood.
Film is a classic; glad I have now seen it - et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...
The King and I will always be one of my favorite musicals. Yul Brynner is perfect as the King. He is every bit as strong as he needs and ever so smart to know when to back down. The songs Like I Could Have Danced All Night, and my favorite, I Have Dreamed. Deborah Kerr was not thought of all a musical star, but she brings unmistakable beauty both outside and inside to her part as a visiting teacher to the kings children. The costumes are elaborate and the sets couldn't be better. Just a wonderful experience for me and wife. We will never tire of Yul Byrnner as the King of Siam.
A timeless 1st-rate musical in this genre. Still a joy to watch, especially - and this if for LTHL - if you stay awake!
My favorite version. Deborah Kerr has done so many good movies. She is really good in this one.
Easy to follow for all ages. Rodgers and Hammerstein has really outdone themselves with this musical masterpiece!
This will always be one of my favorite movies, reminds me of watching it at home with my mum when I was younger. The 'shall we dance?' scene is magical.
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"I whistle a happy tune..."
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