Friday, September 4, 2015
The Sound of Music by Robert Wise, 1965 (G)
with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath
A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.
Oh what a delight... And finally, after 32 years (yes...), I finally saw it. And "Edelweiss" finally was put into place (so many reference throughout the years I have missed :).
And I don't even mention "These are a few of my favorite things" line that somehow the next day, a friend was posting on facebook in regards to, well, some of her favorite things.
The story is of course very cute and naive (read right after the discrepancies that the movie has with the real life of the Von Trapp), and the love dynamics between the Captain and Maria are well, not really a very feminist view, but the songs and Julie Andrews are so pretty, and lovely, and refreshing.
The parallels between Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music are quite interesting, which quite explains why it has been hard to see Julie Andrews as anything else but a beautiful and perfect young nanny. But who cares, this movie is a fresh breathe in this movie making factory of Hollywood that these days fails to care about good stories and still make us laugh. So much drama, or in the comedy genre, so much stupidity. No wonder why it is still to this day the most watched movie in history.