Thank you for this DVD of "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". I am in seventh heaven, now I have the American version [which can be viewed in Europe on suitable DVD players]. The commentary is fascinating, especially what Donald Spoto has to say about Ingrid Bergman. This will be so helpful for my website, which is about the making of the film.
The late 1950s was the time of inspirational epics and, in my opinion, this is the best. On DVD you can see the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia, North Wales, used to best advantage by director Mark Robson and cinematographer Freddie Young. It's almost like watching the film in a cinema again - something I haven't done since 1959. I recommend this DVD to everyone. Ingrid Bergman's acting is hardly acting at all - more like living! She looks so stunning, at a time in her life when she was at her best [in my opinion].
In essence, the film was true to the original biography of Gladys Aylward, as told in "The Small Woman", which was not a novel, by the way.