U.S., 1956, 133 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Walter Lang, Rated G, 20th Century Fox
“Whatever pictorial magnificence The King and I may have had upon the stage - and, goodness knows, it had plenty, in addition to other things - it has twice as much in the film version.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
A British schoolteacher and recent widow (Deborah Kerr) is sent to Siam in 1862 to instruct the royal children. But she immediately clashes with their father, the king (Yul Brynner). Her modern, Western ways don’t sit well with the ruler - but over time, he slowly gains respect for her willingness to stand up to him. Eventually that respect deepens into love. The lavish film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein comes replete with evergreen gems such as “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance?” The King and I won five Oscars (Actor, Music Score, Costume Design, Art Direction & Set Decoration and Sound) and was nominated for four more (Picture, Director, Actress and Cinematography).
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