The King and I (1956)

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A Mix of Modern and Ancient International Traditions[edit]

The movie is based on the story of Anna Leonowens, who moves from Wales to Thailand in order to become a tutor for the children of King Mongkut of Sian in the early 1960s. King Mongkut becomes wary about reports of English imperialism and the British view of him as a barbaric leader. The cultural differences cause a rift between the King and Anna however despite this they learn to accept each other and Anna falls in love with the King.

This movie demonstrates a gradual dissolution of cultural differences and learning from each other’s customs and traditions. The King learns more about the modern Western world, whilst Anna begins to understand the importance of the King’s role in upholding oriental customs. Thus, this prompts the audience to contemplate the mix of modern and ancient traditions.