The Sound of Music

Sound of Music
Musical, FamilyBiography

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies-Urich, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Ben Wright, Daniel Truhitte, Norma Varden, Gilchrist Stuart, Marni Nixon, Evadne Baker, Doris Lloyd

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Robert Wise); Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (Irwin Kostal)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Andrews); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Peggy Wood); Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour

I First Saw In: c. 2010

Synopsis: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Did You Know? To keep the children entertained between takes, Julie Andrews sang “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to them. Mary Poppins had not yet been released, so they thought she’d made it up on the spot.

Quotables: CAPTAIN VON TRAPP: It’s the dress. You’ll have to put on another one before you meet the children.
MARIA: But I don’t have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor.
CAPTAIN VON TRAPP: What about this one?
MARIA: The poor didn’t want this one.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I don’t remember if I’ve already stated this in one of the almost 200 reviews I’ve done for my Oscar marathon, but a person’s feelings toward a film are greatly influenced by the moment at which a person first watches it. I never watched The Sound of Music until I was an adult, so I am not as enamoured with it as I otherwise would have if I had seen it as a child. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great film, with a delightful and wholesome story, but much of its magic was lost in my adulthood. Like so many other musicals, I watched it during my “I hate musicals” phase. I have a much deeper appreciation for the film now though.

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