Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker
Release Date: Mar. 2, 1965
Running Time: 174 min
Genres: Biography, Drama, Family, Musical
Commentary The Sound of Music is one of my favorite musical films. The Rodgers and Hammerstein songs as well as the singing are superb. Popular songs from the movie include the following:
"The Sound of Music" (Maria)
"My Favorite Things" (Maria)
"Sixteen Going On Seventeen" (Rolf and Liesl)
"Do-re-mi" (Maria and the Children)
"Edelweiss" (The Captain)
The cinematography is also excellent in its depiction of the Austrian alps as well as Salzburg. The storyline, which is based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Nazi Germany following the Anschluss, is very interesting and historically relevant. Finally, the acting is one-of-a-kind. All-in-all, The Sound of Music is an incredible movie, unlike almost anything else I've seen!
Plot Summary The Sound of Music is about a young nun named Maria (Julie Andrews), who's free spirit gets her into lots of trouble with her convent, so the reverend mother, played by Peggy Wood, gives her an assignment to work as the governess for the seven children of Captain von Trapp while he is away for one month. At first the children treat her badly until she shows them a good time and teaches them to sing. When the Captain returns, he is at first appauled to learn that Maria had had is children running around Salzburg with play clothes made from curtains she had made, but when he hears them singing he quickly becomes enchanted. Shortly thereafter, Maria and the Captain begin to fall in love, but she gets scared and runs back to the convent. However, her reverend mother tells her not to run away from her problems, so she returns and gives up her service in exchange for marriage to the Captain. While they're on their honeymoon, the Nazis invade Austria in the Anschluss and want him to join the Third Reich, much to his family's dismay. Following a family performance staged by the Nazis, the von Trapp family manages to sneak out and hike over the Alps into Switzerland, to freedom.
Cultural Significance The main struggle in The Sound of Music is the struggle for freedom against the oppressive Nazi regime as depicted at the end of the movie. Although the Nazis intend to demonstrate to the world that nothing has changed in Austria since the Anschluss, clearly this is not the case as demonstrated by the von Trapp family. Music is also used as a symbol for freedom throughout the movie. Maria manages to befriend the initially difficult von Trapp children by teaching them how to sing, and she also softens the captain's heart once he learns how she brought music back into their lives. The Sound of Music sends a powerful message of how music enriches our lives and sets our spirit free.
Here's the original trailer.
Here's the opening, in which Julie Andrews performs the title song.
Here's a clip of the nuns singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
Here's a clip from "Sixteen Going On Seventeen".
Here's a clip of Maria singing "My Favorite Things" to the children.
Here's a clip of "Do-Re-Mi", in which Maria teaches the children to sing.
Here's a clip of Captain Von Trapp singing "Edelweiss".
Here's a clip of "The Lonely Goatherd".
Here's a clip of the Von Trapp children singing "So Long, Farewell".
Here's a clip of Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) singing "Climb Every Mountain"