Watch Maria as she enchants the von Trapp children with her gift of song and captures the heart of a previously unrelenting Captain von Trapp.
In celebration of Richard Rodgers’ birthday, our Friday movie recommendation is the 1965 musical film The Sound of Music.
Directed by Robert Wise and filmed partly in scenic Austria and Germany, The Sound of Music is based on Broadway musical of the same title and the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. Set in the 1930’s, it tells the story of a young postulant who leaves a convent and becomes a governess to a naval officer widower’s seven children. It was filmed in Todd-AO widescreen format.
Julie Andrews stars as Maria, the young governess and Christopher Plummer portrays the role of Captain Georg von Trapp, the rigid and authoritative naval officer. All songs in the film were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. This stew of well-loved tunes includes Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Do-Re-Mi, The Sound of Music, and Edelweiss.
The Sound of Music garnered box office success worldwide as well as critical acclaim from the most prestigious award-giving bodies. It was nominated for 10 and won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy and a Best Actress award for Julie Andrews.
Here’s the trailer of the film:
Watch Maria as she enchants the von Trapp children with her gift of song and captures the heart of their father, a previously unrelenting Captain von Trapp. The Sound of Music is a timeless classic that viewers of all ages and from different generations have come to love. If your mom or your grade school teacher failed to introduce you to this musical masterpiece, hesitate no further and watch it this weekend.