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Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

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In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

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In 1862, young English widow Anna Owens accepts the job of teaching the royal children of Siam. On her arrival in Bangkok, culture clash is immediate. The king respects Anna for standing up to him, though this appalls his courtiers. In due course, she becomes the king's confidant and diplomatic advisor; their relationship endures through many trials. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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11 August 1946 (UK)  »

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The music and dancers seen during the formal dinner party are not Siamese, but Balinese. The music is in the style known as "gong kebyar", not yet known in the 1860's, but developed later in Bali. See more »

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The banquet scene includes a performance of Siamese theatrical dance. However, the music which accompanies this performance is unmistakably Balinese gamelan, not Siamese. Furthermore, it's "gong kebyar" style, which hadn't been invented yet in the 1860s. See more »

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Kralahome: [the Kralahome has just arrived to tell King Mongkut of the loss of Cambodia. Anna, meanwhile, continues to press the King about the issue of a private residence, to the point where even the King's staff members are singing "Home, Sweet Home"] Your Majesty! It has begun, Toongramon. We've lost Cambodia. Our governor of Cambodia has made a treaty with the French government. They have recognized Cambodia as independent of Siam, placed it under their "protection," and this governor of ours still ...
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Version of The Beautician and the Beast (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
from "Clari, The Maid of Milan"
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Sung by the King's children and played often in the score
Sung a cappella a bit by Mikhail Rasumny
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Strong Performances highlight Film Classic
17 November 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews

Too many people who have seen "the King and I" before viewing this film have unjustly compared it unfavorably to the musical. You can't compare Sir Rex and Mr. Brynner as the King. the performances are so different. Harrison gives a wonderfully cruel yet compassionate performance. he is a slyer, more intellectual Monkut than Brynner was. His scenes with Irene Dunne bubble with chemistry. Dunne is every inch the Anna that Deborah Kerr was and gets a scene that was removed from the remake. The performance she gives after the death of her son was stunning!

I recommend this film over the musical for sheer consistency of style. Sir Rex and Ms. Dunne are wonderful together and the entire film its a gem fro start to finish.


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