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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

#1 · Posted: 14 Jul 2010 04:50
The movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, made in 1958 and starring Ingrid Bergman, is one of the best movies I have ever seen and the closest Hollywood has ever come to filming a real Tintin story so far. It tells the story of a British servant woman, Gladys Aylward, and her journey to China in the 1930s, at the time of the invasion by Japan - in other words, the same time as the Tintin adventure The Blue Lotus was taking place. The cinematography is splendid - the movie was filmed in Cinemascope - and the woman's story is accurately portrayed, with Robert Donat in the role of the mandarin - a role that proved to be his last, as he died of his asthma before the end of filming, but after his scenes were in the can.
#2 · Posted: 14 Jul 2010 06:20
Yes it's a wonderful film - I've seen it many times.
It does have a flavour of The Blue Lotus about it.
#3 · Posted: 22 Jul 2010 01:40
I haven't seen this movie but I'm a fan of Ingrid Bergman's work, so I'll see if I can track it done.
Why did Hollywood feel they had to have white people play the roles of other colours? If you ask me it's ridiculous, offensive and looks plain stupid.
#4 · Posted: 2 Oct 2010 23:57 · Edited by: Moderator
Two consecutive posts combined

The Wikipedia entry on this movie mentions that there are some discrepancies between the heroine's real life story and the movie. This is not technically the film-makers' fault, but is rather due to the fact that the movie was largely shot in Wales instead of China as originally intended.

The reason for the Caucasian actors portraying Asians in the film was very likely because there was a dearth of Asian actors in the film industry at that time and to make Ingrid Bergman look smaller. This was because she was 5'10'' and the real Gladys was less then five feet tall - hence the tall actors in the cast.

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