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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Although nominated for best direction by Mark Robson, this is a film where the moon, sun and stars were aligned so marvelously that one must wonder how it ever escaped detection by the masses. From script, to locations, to furnishings, to cast, to music and to overall message this film is worth seeing again and again...it's a keeper! This is not the Ingrid Bergman of Casablanca, Gaslight and For Whom The Bell Tolls fame...this is the Bergman of middle years and it is quite an entry into the world of the afterlife of a true Hollywood leading lady. A role which finds her giving life to an Englishwoman, Gladys Aylward, whose life's work would be that of a missionary to China. Being rejected for a serious lack of qualification she is neither daunted nor deterred. In her quiet but singular way she finds the path that will lead her to that which drives her very being...the quest to bring God's word to the people of China. Ingrid Bergman shines as Aylward and Curt Jurgens is superb as the half White, half Chinese soldier whose life is so deeply touched by this marvelous and driven woman. Robert Donat lends his abilities and charm to the role of the Mandarin of Yang Cheng who is also taken with this woman of uncanny vision and ability. There isn't a actor whose time onscreen is without merit or consequence from the lowly cook to the secretary of the bumbling head of the Mission Society to the villagers of the northern provinces and so on, leading all the way to the top of the heap...where you will find Miss Bergman whose sweet kindness captivates a people. This chapter in the Aylward story takes us on that journey and gives us a glimpse of a war torn pied piper of sorts whose mission it is to deliver 100 orphans out of the hands of a Japanese invasion and into the arms of safety over mountains fraught with danger at every turn. Short on food and time she manages this vagabond parade of want and need to prove qualification of the highest order.
Life of vision and purpose
Fairly good transfer from book to screen. Ms. Bergman brings vitality to the portrayal, if not a bit showier than I would expect Ms. Aylward to have been. I suppose there's more interest in that posture than accomplishing in a more self-effacing manner. While Ms. Aylward developed strength and leadership ability, I can't see her being so much the center of attention. One of her gifts was the ability to promote others and involve them in her vision. There needn't be a disturbance about a close bond forming with a man. That does not translate to an affair. The usual film embellishment is likely responsible for the angst and denial. However, the fact is true to the book. Yet, Ms. Aylward was able to have a close relationship with a man without moral compromise. Her dedication to her life calling was kept in priority when the circumstances of the time made a personal alliance impractical. I understand from reports that Ms. Aylward was embarrassed by the handling of the "love interest." This is an overall honoring account of a missionary figure. A true giver and lover of people is never a boring subject. Besides, it is inherent that missionaries have adventures. David Livingston is one case in point. There is a treasure trove of other fascinating stories out there, should they be mined and shared. I don't share the idolization of the actress over the substantial person who is the subject of the film. That would be choosing shadow over substance. No comparison. Bergman had an acting gift; Ms. Aylward had a gift of life, which she generously bestowed.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
- Dashiell Barnes
Based on actual events of Gladys Alward's life, "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" is a visually stunning film with an outstanding story. Bergman was good, but I felt unsatisfied with her performance. As mentioned the Art-direction & cinematography is suberb, as is Malcolm Arnold's grandiose & exotic score. A great movie that I look forwad to viewing again. I give it a 4/5.
- Jarrod McDonald
For anyone who's ever worked abroad, especially in a teaching or missionary capacity, Ingrid Bergman's soulful portrayal holds special significance. The film is enhanced by its Cinemascope photography. It's just a beautiful film that resonates on so many levels.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness--Wonderful!
- Sharon Parker
I happened upon this wonderful movie shortly after it had begun and was riveted until it's conclusion. Such an uplifting message of compassion, love and faith contained in true story of sacrifice! My 15-year-old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this film and heartly recommend it everyone. After the movie ended, I immediately ran to my computer to Google all I could learn about Gladys Aylward. Thanks TCM for presenting such fine entertainment!
I can never forget
the first time I saw this film was when I was a small child. I was awakend by the sound of the television downstairs and found my mom watching this film. She alowed me to stay up and watch the "late show" with her. The next day the "this old man" song was in my head and there remains all these years later, bring in only fond feelings. My mom dies a few years later when I was ten and this film holds the finest of memeories for me of those quiet moments I got to share with my mother before her illness took those time away. Thank you TCM for your devotion to this art form. It is curious how many times, so many of us can say that a film, be famous or obsucure can evoke such fond memories for us and for a myriad of reasons. Thank you, TCM for fighting the good fight, preserving and presenting these little gems for all of us.
The Inn of The Sixth Happiness
- M Anderson
this show is refreshing and a positive message with strong characters particularly the lead woman who show courage and intelligence. I would purchase and view several time in the future as well as share with family and friends.
The Best !!!
I love this film and Ms. Bergman. I have watched it about 50 times during my life, it never gets boring.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Magnificently produced, sincerely acted by Ingrid Bergman, excellent art direction and cinematography. The length of the film is a drawback, some editing would have helped. Great supporting cast. Well meaning and always interesting.
Spend your time wisely by watching this movie!!!
Wonderful movie that tells a story of hope and determination embraced by the love for others and the love of a man! It is a must see!!!
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is a Treasure
- Susie B.
This movie is a true delight. When I was first introduced to this movie, by my mother, I was thrilled. Over the years I have come to appriciate this movie even more because it is based on the life story of a real woman. This movie not only tells about the courage of one woman, but also about the value of each human being. Thank you for keeping this film in the TCM library.