1965 • The Sound of Music


The Sound of Music, 1965 Best Picture winner

It cracked my top 5!

Friday night, Lauren and I continued our revived Best Picture project with one of the all-time most popular films, The Sound of Music.

Lauren had seen it many times before, but I amazingly (or not amazingly, considering my knack for somehow never seeing famous movies) had never seen it.  I expected long, slow, boring, better for the stage.  Instead, I ended up liking it so much that I debated putting it at #1 in my rankings to this point.  (I settled on #2.)

The first 20 seconds were enough to pull me in.  That first helicopter shot of Julie Andrews running through the Austian Alps was one of the best cinematographic moments of this entire project so far, if not the single best.

As was the case with My Fair Lady, Going My Way, and so many other movies, some of the songs and lines from The Sound of Music have been spoofed or referenced in so many TV shows, and I never realized it because I hadn’t seen the movie.

Early on during our viewing, I started doing some reading up on the movie on Wikipedia and IMDB and discovered that this movie was based on a true story.  That didn’t seem possible.  A movie about a woman coming to watch after seven mischievous kids and teaching them to sing seemed very made up, but shockingly that part was fairly factual.  While a lot of the events and characteristics of certain people in the film were blatant lies and extreme exaggerations, the story really doesn’t deviate that far from the real story.

Julie Andrews was excellent in the lead role, and Christopher Plummer was equally good in his supporting role.  The kids were all decent actors, though very few of them went on to acting careers of any substance.  The songs are mostly all classics.  The cinematography was top-notch, especially compared to My Fair Lady.  The story was engaging and touching and later suspenseful.

I give it a perfect 10/10, and put it behind only 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives on the rankings to this point.  The three hours went by quickly and left me wanting slightly more.

Next up, 1966’s A Man for All Seasons!


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