A nun-in-training leaves her convent to become a governess to seven
children and a cold father, only to rekindle their happiness with music.
The Sound of Music (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Ernest Lehman
Starring 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, Daniel Truhitte
Based on the stage play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound,
Best Film Editing, Best Score (Irwin Kostal)
Oscar Nominations - Best Actress (Julie Andrews),
Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Wood), Best Cinematography,
Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design
The Sound of Music is one of the most infectiously sweet and charming musicals ever made. It's impossible not to smile the entire time. For me, this movie is generational. My grandmother adores it and she showed it to her kids, and now she showed it to me. Julie Andrews has the uncanny ability to bring happiness and kindness to every film she's ever made, not to mention her incredible vocal range. Her work in The Sound of Music is some of her best, but I'm hardly the first person to say that. There's very little that hasn't been said about this timeless classic, but I'll do my best to say my part.
This is the true story of the Von Trapp family, who escaped Austria just as the Nazis invaded. While certainly embellished at times, the spirit of their story remains the same. Maria (Andrews) was a kindly nun who came to watch over the children as a governess, only to fall in love with their father Georg Von Trapp (Plummer). It's a very sweet story, enhanced by the chemistry between Andrews and Plummer. While I did think it was overly long, that's fairly typical of musicals from the 1950's and 1960's. Plus, there's hardly a dull moment, especially when the Nazi subplot begins.
The Sound of Music remains a favorite of many to this day. Its influence can be found all over the place in modern pop culture, because of how delightful it continues to be. The songs alone have been a part of my life years before I ever watched the movie, thanks to my grandmother. I understand this film's significant legacy because, like countless others, my family is a part of it.