Song of the Day #4,431: ‘Shall We Dance’ – Yul Brynner & Deborah Kerr

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#20. The King and I – 1956
(#11 on the AFI list)

From this point on, I’m very positive on all of the movies I’ll mention. I guess that’s a good thing, given that this is supposed to be a list of the greatest musicals ever made.

The King and I, based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein stage musical, which was itself loosely based on the life of Anna Leonowens, a governess employed by King Mongkut Rama IV of Siam, is first and foremost a feast for the eyes. The costumes in this production are breathtaking, featuring lavish colors and intricate design. Deborah Kerr’s voluminous dresses are basically characters unto themselves.

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