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A very good movie,
This review is from: The King and I [DVD]  (DVD)
Based upon a novel rather than historical fact, it provides an insight into mid-19th Century Siam (Thailand). Despite its fictional origins, the basic story is a true one.
The Far-East was very little-known to Europeans at the time. India was about as far as most would venture although Hong Kong and Shanghai were popular trading ports and locations for many Consulates. Anywhere between India and the Western Pacific was mostly unknown territory. For an Englishwoman and widow to venture to Siam with a young son in tow was especially adventurous and with potentially unknown dangers. Although the King was credited with bringing Siam into the modern age, it was to Mrs Owens that he owed much of the credit.
Anna Owens was rather a formidable woman, not the more glamorous image as portrayed by Deborah Kerr. Either Margaret Rutherford, Martita Hunt or Rosalind Russell would probably have been closer fits with Rutherford the nearest for stature.
A good job done by all, not least Yul Brynner who was not an experienced singer. Kerr famously did not personally ever sing.