Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 18, 2011

The King and I (1956)

If you likeThe American President, Bridges of Madison County, Anna and the King

Synopsis– Anna Leonowens, an English school teacher, sails with her young son Luis to Siam to teach the king’s children. Though she’s been promised her own house, when she arrives the king (Yul Brynner) informs her that she will be living in the palace and will be considered one of the king’s many servants. Feisty Anna, however, will be no one’s servant, and, as each struggles to win the other’s respect and acquiescence, they forge a unique and unlikely friendship.

Why it’s better– Yul Brynner is so frustrating and so charming! One minute you want to punch him (Just give her a house!), and the next you’re swooning (Waltz with ME!) He’s fantastic.  Not that Deborah Kerr is not her usual amazing self– she totally is. I just imagine that it’s easier for her to play a British school teacher than it is for Yul (the son of a Russian miner) to play Siamese royalty. Which is probably why he nabbed the Oscar.

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  1. Saw you through LAMB.

    I really like your site and the vision you have. Do you usually end up watching all the movies thru NetFllx?

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