The King and I

King and I
Drama
, Musical, Biography
1956

Director: Walter Lang Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson, Carlos Rivas, Patrick Adiarte, Alan Mowbray, Geoffrey Toone

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yul Brynner); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Sound, Recording; Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Alfred Newman & Ken Darby)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Deborah Kerr); Best Director (Walter Lang); Best Cinematography, Colour

I First Saw In: 2016

Synopsis: A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam’s children.

Did You Know? Yul Brynner had lost a lung due to chain smoking, so he had to take oxygen between takes for the “Shall We Dance” sequence.

Quotables: LUN THA: Death is not worse pain than an empty life.

And now a Word from the Guise:
The thing that I don’t like about at all these musicals from the 50s and 60s, is that there’s always a lengthy musical number that does nothing for the plot. This number always features the most extravagant costumes and effects of the film, as though its only purpose is to show off the technical abilities of the cast and crew. “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” is that sequence in this film. It’s purpose is to bring the friction of the two leads to a head. But it didn’t need to be fifteen minutes long to convey that.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233