The King and I (1956)

  • April 16, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Walter Lang
Runtime: 133 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English, Thai
Rating: PG


Academy Awards 1957

Golden Globes 1957

“Getting to know you. Putting it my way, but nicely”
– Anna in The King and I

Full Synopsis

Set in Bangkok in 1862, Deborah Kerr stars as Anna Loenowens, the strait-laced English governess engaged by King Mongkut to provide a European education to his many children and wives. Anna’s initial negative impression of the King simmers into a coy affection as she helps him impress British dignitaries with a party, replete with a Thai dance performance inspired by Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Banned in Thailand on account of its distorted caricature of the Thai monarchy, including the tyrannical King played by Yul Brynner in yellowface, The King and I’s glaring prejudices become enmeshed in the spectacle of lavish musical numbers, but are hardly hidden. Ultimately, the depiction of the unlikely bond between a governess and despot reveals the binaries—of purity and sensuality, scientific rationalism and innocent spirituality, and noble and savage—which bolster the construction of orientalism itself.

Supplementary Reading

Disclaimer: This programme features films which include outdated and historically inaccurate depictions, including instances of minstrel shows, yellow and brownface. Rather than deny or erase the colonial apparatuses in film history, these films and their complex legacies should be critically viewed in its original form, contextualised and discussed.

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The full Orienting Paradise: Western Projections of the East programme can be found here. Tickets will go on sale Friday, 25 March 2022.

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