This movie is the first John Huston’s films I saw. It impressed me very much and it is still true today. His movie gave me the envy to read the Rudyard Kipling’s novel and to know more about his director’s career. I hope that some other people who don’t know him and the novel will have the same feelings…
“The Man Who Would Be King and Other Short Stories" (1888) is a novella by Rudyard Kipling. John Huston admired and knew all Kipling‘s poems and novels. We can understand why he was so determined to transfer the novel to the screen.
Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer) and Peachy Carnahan (Sir Michael Caine)
Peachy Carnahan (Sir Michael Caine) and Daniel Dravot (Sir Sean Connery)
It was the third time that the French origin composer, Maurice Jarre scored a John Huston‘s movie (“The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” (1972) ; “The Mackintosh Man” (1973)). He wrote the complete score in one month and recorded it in London with the help of The National Philharmonic Orchestra and of six Indian musicians during two weeks. John Huston was very happy with the result. Jarre succeeded to merge ethnic instruments (sarangi and sarod) with a large symphonic orchestra together with the traditional hymn “The Minstrel Boy” which was the recurrent song in the movie.
Theme of "The Dream" from The Orignal Score
The three actors gave a tremendous performance and they considered the filming of this movie as the happiest professional experience in their career. At every minute, it is a joy to see them on the screen. With Maurice Jarre, they kept a very emotional memory about their collaboration with the legendary director.