So, leaving aside the historical errors, and fictionalized facts, the story had all the elements required for a great musical comedy-drama, or movie, and I guess those elements plus production, plus great actings (plus the controversy perhaps?), etc., were the ones that have kept the story of “Anna and the King” or “The King and I” living up to these days. And as the story lives up to these days, as I said above, also does the ban to this story. Something that, in my opinion, it shouldn’t exist anymore, nor shouldn’t have existed, because how would Thai people say to all the world what was right or what was wrong, if they don’t have the chance to form an opinion of their own?
Well, that was just my two cents, if there’s anything you like to share or maybe correct, please do tell. In the next section we will take a look at the real King Mongkut, or Rama IV, so be sure to check it out.
Drama for Students: The King and I – Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 1951
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