(Walter Lang, US 1956, 133 min., 35mm)
The ubiquitously charming Deborah Kerr is Anna Leonowens, a widowed English schoolteacher hired to instruct the children of the King of Siam (Yul Brynner in an Oscar-winning, career-defining performance). The vibrant colors of the set and costumes have been wonderfully restored to their original splendor in a newly struck widescreen print of this Rogers and Hammerstein musical classic. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s translation of their Broadway musical features enduring classics like “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance?”
This 1956 musical film is based on the 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical of the same name, which was inspired by the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon, Anna and the King of Siam. Starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brenner, it garnered five Oscars.
The screening is paired with the RPO Pops concert Andreas on Broadway on Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18. RPO Music Director Andreas Delfs takes his turn conducting the Pops Series with this program of Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites. Use code RPOGEM25 for 25% off tickets to the performance.