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The Sound of Music (1965)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Sound of Music (1965)

In director Robert Wise's great Best Picture-winning family musical, one of the most popular films of all-time:

  • the breathtakingly beautiful opening scene in the Austrian Alps when the helicopter-mounted camera swooped down from the clouds to a hilltop covered with wild flowers and grass where young Austrian postulant, dirndl-skirted Maria (Oscar-winning Julie Andrews) was rotating, dancing and singing the title song: "The hills are alive with the sound of music"
  • Maria's superb singing voice
  • her role as governess for the seven von Trapp children, autocratically lined up and introduced by the widowed, mostly aloof Captain (Christopher Plummer) with a whistle
  • their day excursions around various Salzburg locations
  • with the lilting and inspirational Rodgers and Hammerstein songs and numbers: "My Favorite Things" (at bedtime), "Do-Re-Mi" (on bicycles), "So Long, Farewell," and "Edelweiss"
  • the gazebo scene of oldest Von Trapp daughter, 16 year-old Liesl (Charmian Carr) singing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" to teenaged messenger boyfriend Rolfe (Daniel Truhitte)
  • the Trapp Family's reprised final performance of "So Long, Farewell," and their flight across the mountains to Switzerland to elude capture by the Nazis ("Climb Ev'ry Mountain")


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