Anna and the King

Anna and the King (1999)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where the village of Bang Pli has been attacked, the last "dead" villager shown, a child, breathes quite visibly, just watch his stomach.

Correction: He is dying, not dead. He'll die, but while he is still alive, he'll be breathing.

Corrected entry: At the banquet for the English guests plays a top-class European chamber orchestra. How did Anna arrange for this within three weeks, about the time a letter from Bangkok to London would take in those days? (01:03:00)


Correction: Most likely, they did not come all the way from Europe. She could have arranged to have them shipped in from the English colonies in India, Ceylon or Hong Kong; or, if she was allowed to negotiate with the French, she could have gotten them from the neighbouring countries in French Indochina. As the characters themselves indicate in the scene with the egg in the bottle, anything is possible if you go at it the right way (and it doesn't hurt to have the money and influence of the King of Siam behind you, either).


Corrected entry: In the scene in the market Anna seems to recognise Tuptim's boyfriend, who is planning to pass a message on to her, although she has no way of knowing him. (01:05:40)


Correction: She doesn't recognize him as Tuptim's boyfriend. What she is noticing is that 'someone' is watching her, and watching her closely. (I venture that she is even thinks the 'someone' wants to talk to her but is afraid.) She then notices, after the boy gives her the note, that the 'someone' has mysteriously disappeared.

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