Sunday, July 5, 2009
It's unabashedly sentimental, completely artificial, and wholly manipulative - but The King and I (1956) is absolutely glorious, gorgeous entertainment. Seeing it on the big screen, in all its Cinemascope 55 splendor, was a breathtaking experience. The sets, the costumes, and of course, that beautiful, beautiful score add up to one of the best musicals ever made; and the chemistry between red hot Yul Brynner and serene Deborah Kerr is seismic. There's one more day left of the Walter Reade Theater's Musical Marathon, and we strongly urge all of our New York readers to see at least one picture. The prints are fantastic, the theater is clean and spacious, and you get to experience what real movie making (and watching) is all about.