Inn Of The Sixth Happiness
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Ingrid Bergman is luminous as Gladys. It is one of her very best performances, and my personal favorite. Robert Donat, who passed away before the film was released, is also marvelous as the Mandarin of Yang Cheng, and Curt Jurgens as Captain Lin Nan is handsome and believable as the man who falls in love with Gladys. In a small but pivotal part, Athene Seyler is terrific as Jennie Lawson, the elderly missionary who helps Gladys in her early years, and Peter Chong is a delight as Yang the cook.
It is odd that the only Oscar nomination went to director Mark Robson; perhaps Bergman was overlooked because she had received a "Best Actress" for "Anastasia" two years earlier, but Bergman fans will give this film their own five-star award.
The fabulous location filming by Freddie Young was done in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, a remarkable substitute for Shaanxi Province, in the heart of China. The village reproductions are very well done, and look incredibly similar to films I have seen shot in China. The lovely score by Malcolm Arnold adds much to the film, and Alan Burgess, whose book "The Small Woman" is the basis of the story, wrote the script, which is witty, wise and wonderful, with Isobel Lennart.Read more ›
What is most notable about this dvd release is the excellent commentary by Nick Redman, Aubrey Solomon and Donald Spoto. Redman talks about the real Gladys Aylward, Solomon talks about the film production and Spoto discusses Ingrid Bergman. There were many things changed for the film version and many of them are small and inexplicable. For example, Aylward's given Chinese name was Ai-weh-deh (not Jenai), an adopted child was actually named Ninepence (Sixpense in the movie), etc. Other changes were more larger in scope - Aylward's journey to China was quite harsh and she almost died several times. The inn-keeper, Jeanne Lawson (memorably played by Athene Seyler) was no as agreeable a woman as portrayed in the film - she was actually a cantankerous person prone to fits and thought to be quite mad by the villagers. Aylward herself was thought by many to be fanatical and to put it bluntly, off her rocker. Many other fascinating aspects about the film and the women (both Aylward and Bergman) are included.
According to the movie, her calling to serve as a missionary in China was just a `feeling that she belongs there' and it doesn't matter what religion you are, just so long as you feel you have worth (loose paraphrase). But Gladys Alward would never have survived the difficulties she did with such shallow faith! Then history was rewritten again, ending the movie with her leaving the kids to return to her lover. But, in fact, she remained single her whole life, never had a Chinese officer for a lover, and lived to help her `kids' as much as possible.
This gross mutilation of history ruined the movie for me! The movie makers have shamefully disgraced Gladys Alward's legacy by changing so many major details. Additionally they have ultimately dishonored the God that Gladys gave her life to serve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do not want your video, I want a DVD. If I made a mistake then correct. I do not have the option on my televisionPublished 3 days ago by Tincy Vrana
Even though this movie was a little long, it is so good! I highly recommend it! You will be thoroughly engaged every moment!Published 3 days ago by Sheila George
Loved is old movie. There would be no way to film this today!Published 13 days ago by Kathy M. Green
PRO: Shockingly well done missionary movie
CON: Some people will not watch older Hollywood Movies
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i watch this several times and then wait some weeks and watch it againPublished 20 days ago by Mary Ann Eyres