Anna and the King of Siam (1946)


“Now always best time. ” – King Mongkut

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An English widow travels to Siam in order to become the teacher of the children of the King.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never knew existed even though I was familiar with the story since it is the one that was used as a basis for The King and I 91956).

They do a great job adapting this story from the pages to the screen in a concise and enjoyable way.

The story itself works quite well largely due to the great chemistry between the two leads – Rex Harrison and Irene Dunne.

Their characters have such a great connection between them and it’s easy to believe them as equals especially during their verbal sparring sessions.

The dialogue of this film is written extreme;y well and allows us to get a full idea of the various extreme differences between the education, culture and knowledge of the West and of the East.

Gale Sondergaard was nominated for and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work on this film as the main wife of the King.

This film discusses numerous issues that were considered taboo at the time, and they manage to deal with them in a very effective way via innuendo and suggestive dialogue which were the only ways around the censor at the time.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of this story.  The story works extremely well largely due to the chemistry between Harrison and Dunne who make us believe such a connection between these two characters especially via their verbal sparring throughout.  The dialogue is written extremely well and allows us to get a clear idea of the various discrepancies between the knowledge and education of the East and of the West. Sondergaard was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here as the King’s main wife. They do a nice job using innuendo to get around some very touchy subjects that were not usually discussed freely back in those days. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a scene early in the film, Anna is seen walking through an open-air market. While this scene was being filmed, an airplane passed over the set, creating a low hum on the soundtrack. Composer Bernard Herrmann was instructed to compose an accompanying score that would obscure the airplane motor. He used low gongs. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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