The King and I (1956)


What a classic! Not only were the songs great, the acting was cheerful! It is vastly different from the 1999 film Anna and the King because this one’s a musical and thus, more delightful. Whereas the other one was a serious drama about history, politics, etc. Call me simple minded but I certainly enjoy this 1956 musical much better!

I know Yul Brynner won an Oscar for best actor for this movie and he sure deserved it! He portrayed the King of Siam down to his stubborness and naughtiness. It was ever so funny seeing him raise his finger to point at Anna and yell “ha!”. And he seemed to like to triple on short words such as “no no no”, “come come come”, “what what what” in his usual quick and dirty way, it was so much fun!

Oh, and Deborah Kerr was definitely a better Anna than Jodie Foster. Maybe it was because she could sing?!? But she succesfully showed both of Anna’s brave/courageous and gentle sides.

The costumes… They were so fabulous that you would’ve never thought it was made in the 1950’s! The highlight was probably the play presented in the palace for the British. Excellent!

The only thing I didn’t like, but understand because it was more than 50 years ago, was when Anna and the King danced across the room. They were not really dancing, like we would think, Waltzing, they were jumping in circles! And for a King and a lady to do that, I thought was kind of ridiculous!
Also, because of lack of actors, most of the Thai people in the movie were played by caucasians, which made it less convincing.

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