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The King and I (1956)

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Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Walter Lang

The third Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway hit to go before the cameras,The King and Iboasts a career-making performance from Yul Brynner, repeating his stage triumph as the titular monarch and proving to moviegoers that bald can be beautiful. It's … see full wiki

Director: Walter Lang
1 review about The King and I (1956)

splendid american opera

  • Aug 25, 2008
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+3
I was a bit uneasy watching this version as the editing for the square screen makes the film oddly unfamiliar. the peculiar view reminds you how much the medium of wide screen filmmaking was intelligently used.
That quibble aside, this is loaded with pageantry-Aida without the elephants-and some musical turns that have passed into the American repertoire as classics: Shall We Dance, Whistle A Happy Tune and Hello, Young Lovers.
Yul Brenner will be remembered forever for his physical mastery of the role and for virtually inventing the now universally accepted idea that bald is handsomer than hairy. Deborah Kerr struck the right balance between bereaved and confident.
Still, it's much better to get the wide-screen version and play it on the biggest monitor you can find.

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