What are Yul Brynner's best films

Yul Brynner

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His mixture of virility and vitality, the erotic attraction that grew out of his bald head, and the larger-than-life daredevils he played in 46 films made Yul Brynner (1920-1985) an archetype of animal masculinity. Brynner suggested passionate and wild temptations and animal and instinctual machismo. What Genghis Khan could have looked like. Therefore, Brynner was best shown in historical and monumental films. He was the Pharaoh in "The Ten Commandments", the King of Israel in "Solomon and the Queen of Sheba", the Cossack leader in "Taras Bulba", the Indian prince in "The Battle", the pirate in "The Privateer". The role of his life was to be the King of Siam in the musical "The King and I", in which he had played in over 1000 performances on Broadway in 1951. For the role of the king in the film of the same name, Brynner received the "Oscar" for best leading actor in 1956. In 1972 he was the king in a television series. In 1977 he took up the piece again, from 1981 also on tours and played it a total of 4,625 times. Brynner's “Asians” such as the Russian exile in “Anastasia” or Dimitri in “The Karamazov Brothers” used the cliché of the shaven Kyrgyz skull, the mysterious almond eyes, the parforce rides of the hussars and unbridled pride. Brynner starred in science fiction films (a robot running amok in "Westworld"), crime fiction and agent films, westerns and spaghetti westerns, and was immortalized in his best role as the leader of the gunslingers known as "The Magnificent Seven" Defending farming village against Mexican bandits. In 1960 his book "Bring forth the Cildren" was published. Before his death from lung cancer, Brynner was involved in anti-smoking commercials.

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