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Anna and the King
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander
Jeff Atmajian

Song Performed by:
Joy Enriquez
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
LaFace Records
(December 21st, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
The song "How Can I Not Love You" and the score were both nominated for Golden Globes.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the majestic merging of Western orchestra and themes with Eastern instruments in grand, romantic style.

Avoid it... if you expect that combination to exude the overtly exotic nature that other crossover scores have featured with the assistance of vocals or synthesizers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #130
WRITTEN 12/27/99, REVISED 8/25/07
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Anna and the King: (George Fenton) Not deterred by an atrocious animated version of the same classic tale from the previous year, director Andy Tennant's 1999 dramatic interpretation enjoyed a strong cast, lush settings, and an outstanding score. Most memories of the tale on the screen revolve around the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, and while all the versions maintain the same inspiration, differences in the tellings exist. Anna and the King, the most massive of those depictions, was close enough to the Anna Leonowens story to get the film famously banned in Tailand. Her claim to fame, of course, is her hiring by King Mongkut of Siam to educate his son in Western culture. Upon her arrival with her own son, her feminist, English attitude stirs up cultural difficulties immediately, and despite the troubles she causes, a suggested and unrealized romance materializes between her and the king. The casting of foreign action legend Chow Yun-Fat was the film's coup, allowing the immensely popular actor to not only stretch his talents into a new genre, but also help market the film overseas. The story, in the end, is a double love affair, not only involving Anna and the king, but also his concubine. Both exude tragedy by necessity, and George Fenton latches firmly onto these two romances in his thematic identity for his highly acclaimed score for the film. How Fenton, already an Academy Award nominated composer, managed to avoid an Oscar nomination for Anna and the King is one of the greater mysteries of the digital era of AMPAS failings, for the score has all the makings of the massively tear-jerking orchestral dramas that have long been a favorite in Hollywood. For fans of the British composer, Anna and the King would be a remarkable preview of the robust orchestral majesty often heard in Fenton's subsequent works for nature-related documentaries. Many sections of this score, if stripped of its ethnic instrumentation, would be largely indistinguishable from the flowing, romantic portions of The Blue Planet, Deep Blue, and other similar efforts for Fenton in the 2000's.



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3,890 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.11 Stars
***** 2,023 5 Stars
**** 865 4 Stars
*** 610 3 Stars
** 229 2 Stars
* 163 1 Stars
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Thai view point.
kawai - May 8, 2006, at 8:17 p.m.
1 comment  (2582 views)
It's banned in Thailand
^Rainny^ - January 5, 2006, at 9:37 p.m.
1 comment  (3033 views)
i love the film
gary lim - December 29, 2005, at 2:31 p.m.
1 comment  (2774 views)
George Fenton and his music   Expand >>
Hide - June 12, 2004, at 9:53 p.m.
2 comments  (3429 views)
Newest: November 14, 2004, at 11:59 p.m. by
Josh
I Love this Film and Song   Expand >>
Fahrul - March 10, 2004, at 8:50 a.m.
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shidah
Book for soundtrack
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:11
• 1. How Can I Not Love You - performed by Joy Enriquez (4:34)
• 2. Arrival at the Palace (Main Theme Title) (6:00)
• 3. Meeting the Children (1:32)
• 4. Tuptim (1:32)
• 5. Letter of the Week (1:38)
• 6. The House (1:38)
• 7. The Rice Festival (4:23)
• 8. Rajah Attack (0:58)
• 9. Anniversary Polka (3:20)
• 10. "I Am King, I Shall Lead" (2:28)
• 11. Flowers on the Water (4:22)
• 12. Moonlit Beach (1:42)
• 13. Betrayed (1:52)
• 14. Chowfa's Death (1:28)
• 15. The Execution (4:19)
• 16. Anna Returns (3:44)
• 17. The Bridge (6:42)
• 18. I Have Danced With a King (6:17)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes credits, a short note from the director, and four photos from the recording sessions.
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