The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)


“You have to interfere with what you feel is wrong, if you hope to make it right.” – Gladys Aylward

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A British woman who fells a calling to be a missionary in China does all she can to get there.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before watching and chose to watch it since Director Mark Robson was nominated for an Oscar for directing this film.

The premise is quite interesting and they give off an epic feeling of the story of a very inspirational woman who felt a calling to make a difference and did all that she could in order to fulfill that urge.

Ingmar Bergman is great in the lead and she manages to show the everlasting persistence of her character in trying to achieve all that she can.

Robson does a great job directing this film and he was truly deserving of his nomination for giving this story its epic feel and keeping it inspirational throughout.

The biggest problem with this film tho is like with most Hollywood biographical films, it glamorizes too much and takes many liberties with the truth and numerous aspects of the story feel too contrived.

That being said they do still accomplish the feat of making this story hold on to the inspirational and educational essence of it all while still showing the true nature of who Gladys Aylward really was.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works as an inspirational biography of a woman who made such a difference. Bergman is great in the lead and manage to show the persistence of her character in achieving all that she can. Robson does a great job directing this film and was a deserving nominee for best Director at the Oscars for his work on this film.  As with most Hollywood biographies, they take many liberties with the true aspects of the story yet still manage to retain the overall essence of the kind of inspirational and education soul that Aylward truly was. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Final film of Robert Donat. NOTE: He died during its making. In the scene where he is saying goodbye to Gladys as the elders prepare to take their leave of the city, he says as though he was prophesying his death, “I fear we shall never see each other again.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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