Most Famous Movie of All Time!
By Amanda Leal, Grade 12

Have you ever wondered which movie has ever made the most money? Well, no need to wait any longer, because I’ve got the answer! Pirates of The Caribbean? No. Tranformers? No. Then what? According to chacha.com the 1997 drama “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, made $1.8 million. Wow! That seems reasonable.

Wait, has another movie beaten the romance? Yes! The 2009 movie, “Avatar,” starring Sam Worthington and Zoey Saldana, grossed over $2.5 billion. Sorry, “Titanic,” “Avatar”’s got you beat! “Avatar” is about a man who is sent out to retrieve information about the planet of Pandora, but then finds out the truth about what his superiors are planning and tries to save Pandora. How cool would it be if this was real?! Totally!

If you like the action type movie, “Avatar” is the way to go; if you like sappy love stories, then “Titanic” is the way to. Even though each has a little bit of the other in them.

What about this year? So far, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” has raised $261 million. That’s great considering the fact that it has only been in theatres for one month. “Avatar” and “Titanic,” you’ve got some competition!

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Image by Hannah Fishbough, Grade 12

Review of “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness”
By Christy Box, Grade 10

She started out as a maid. However, contrary to the usual “Cinderella stories,” she didn’t fall in love with someone rich and live happily ever after. Instead, Gladys Aylward became a missionary in a remote area of China. She gained her fame, not by going from rags to riches, but by completely changing the place where she lived, as well as the people who lived there.

“The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” is a film made in 1958, starring Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jurgens, and Robert Donat. Gladys Aylward (Bergman) goes to London to be sent to China as a missionary by the missionary society. However, she is turned down because she is not qualified. This setback doesn’t stop her, though, and she saves enough money as a maid to go to China by the most dangerous (but cheapest) route, via land through Russia, where a border dispute is going on. She starts off on a long trip that does not guarantee survival. When she arrives in China, she helps an aging missionary set up an inn (which they call the Inn of the Sixth Happiness). However, Gladys meets some opposition from a Eurasian soldier, Capt. Lin Nan (Jurgens) and the leader of the town, the Mandarin (Donat). Wanting to get Gladys out of the way, the Mandarin appoints her as “foot inspector,” a dangerous job where she has to stop the centuries-old custom of foot-binding. She surprises everyone by not only excelling at this job (and others she picks up), but becoming known over the next few years as Jen-Ai, “the one who loves the people,” finding success in everything from stopping a prison riot to leading one-hundred orphans across the mountains to escape a war. Meanwhile, a romance develops between her and the Captain, who begins to find out there’s more to Gladys than he first thought.

Yes, this is, in fact, a true story. Gladys Aylward really did live and do all of the things in the movie, as unbelievable as that may seem. There are certain discrepancies. The romance between her and Captain Lin Nan was exaggerated (though not completely untruthful). A few small facts were changed, but otherwise the movie is a correct representation of her life up to the time she fled from her inn. She was even still alive at the time this movie came out, and was then setting up a children’s home in Taiwan.

The actors in this movie were terrific. Ingrid Bergman does a wonderful job as the caring, clever missionary. Though her Swedish appearance and accent are nothing like the short, dark appearance and British accent of the real Gladys Aylward, she does the part so well that you forget. Curt Jurgens did well with both sides of the complex soldier. Robert Donat, in his last role, was the most moving of all as the Mandarin. You could clearly see the character begin to change as the movie progressed.

This movie has the perfect balance of action, great dialogue, romance, and even comedy. Throughout the entire two and a half hours of this movie, you never get bored because there’s always a new aspect to switch to. It’s a movie for every kind of person, whether you prefer war, romance, inspirational, or adventure stories. It has something for everyone.

I recommend everyone watch “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” and find out about a genuinely amazing woman. If you would like to learn more about her, you can also read her autobiography, “The Little Woman.” Happy watching!

Public Domain image of the real Gladys Aylward

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