The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind The King and I by Anna Harriette LeonowensAnna Leonownes memoir of her six year as a governess in the Royal Palace of Bangkok was the inspiration for the beloved Broadway musical The king and I, as well as two award-winning films. First published in 1870, Leonowens memoir is the true story of a proper English governess who is hired by the King of Siam to tutor his many children. A delightful portrait of an unlikely friendship between two headstrong personalities, it is also a revealing peak at two very different cultures.
Anna & the King OST - 18. I Have Danced With A King - George Fenton
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Anna and the King is a American biographical period drama film directed by Andy Tennant , from a screenplay written by Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes. Loosely based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam , which give a fictionalized account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens , it stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat in the titular roles. The story concerns Anna Leonowens, an English school teacher in Siam , in the late 19th century, who becomes the teacher of King Mongkut 's many children and wives. It was mostly shot in Malaysia , particularly in the Penang , Ipoh and Langkawi region. The film was subject to controversy when the Thai government deemed it historically inaccurate and insulting to the royal family and banned its distribution in the country.
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Anna and the King of Siam is a drama film directed by John Cromwell. An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Margaret Landon , it was based on the fictionalized diaries of Anna Leonowens , an Anglo-Indian woman who claimed to be British and became governess in the Royal Court of Siam now modern Thailand during the s.
While it seems to be doing only okay at the box office, and has even been banned in Thailand, Anna and the King was a rather solid movie. It had two very good actors Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster , wonderful locations, a tried-and-tested storyline, and a rather lavish score by George Fenton. Fenton had previously worked with director Andy Tennant on Ever After , and provided an amazing score for that film. For Anna and the King , Fenton utilized ethnic Asian instruments mixed with a traditional Western orchestra to provide a rather moving and emotional score to the film. The main title, "Arriving At The Palace" is a good summary of the score - it has a large feeling of amazement and wonder as Anna arrives in Siam, and goes through about three or four different themes and motifs as the six-minute long cue runs it's course. But what works best in this score are the "romantic" cues.