“This girl hurt your vanity… she didn’t hurt your heart! You have no heart! You’ve never loved anyone and you never will.” Anna said to the King.
This movie was made at a very different era. It stems from history and Yul Brynner and Deborah Karr carry this movie through and through. There is actually historical reference to the film. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s.
This movie is very well done. The musical numbers are of course done by Rodgers and Hammersteins. They are well known for The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and many more.
The basic plot of the movie is this…In this film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens (Deborah Kerr) becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner). Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the king.
The film was directed by Walter Lang.
You can find the soundtrack on Amazon.
It is also on ITunes.
Would you like some clips?
Here you go…
Shall We Dance
March of the Siamese Children
Finally the Trailer
Well that’s all for today. Look forward to Thursday when I bring you Ant-Man! See you then and Happy Listening!