Film and Food

Movies reviews with matching food – eat, watch, enjoy

Best Picture – The Sound of Music (1965)

Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer & Eleanor Parker

Rating 9/10

For my brother, this film was the worst punishment my mother could bestow (besides Aled Jones music). The eyes would roll, the lips snarl and a large, disapproving sigh would be released. Though this is a Best Picture winner, for most men, it is a long winded, boring, girlie movie. Now let’s prove them wrong.

Truth be told this is a long film, however it is rich in history, in character and song. For Maria (Andrews), training to be a nun, she finds her joy in nature. She is a simple, joyful little being with a determination to enjoy life through music.  She is a little naughty so the nuns send her to be a governess for one of the trickiest families about, the von Trapps.

There are seven children, cute as buttons but a little bit cheeky. They try their best to be rid of our Maria but she’ll have nothing of it. Instead she defies their father, Captain Georg von Trapp (Plummer), and mothers them like they were her own. Curtains are converted, music is sung, bonds are built and puppets are used to make the Captain fall madly in love with Maria.

Jealousy, marriage, WAR! How will the von Trapps escape the reaches of the dirty old Nazis in their beloved Austria. Never fear, music is here. They sing, sing for their freedom and off they trot.

Based on a true story, this is an epic of sorts. The scenery is breathtaking, the songs, though a little cheesy, are fun and bubbly and the characters are so darn loveable. You have to love the bumbling, silly, but determined Maria and the Captain is very yummy.

I have seen this movie so many times I’ve lost count and I still find so much to enjoy. It’s a nostalgia movie. One you remember being shown when you were a kid. It is exotic and a little bit real so that helps. This is a charming film. So what if it’s a little girlie. Be a man and check it out!

The Sound of Music Trivia:

  • Budget – $8.2 million
  • In the song, ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’, Charmain Carr (who played Liesl) fell while jumping from seat to seat and fell through one of the windows. Ouch! But tough as she was, she only hurt her ankle. Back on the horse for another shot.
  • Kym Karath (Gretl) had a stunt double complete the final shot in the film. This is where the littlest von Trapp is riding on the shoulders of the captain. Karath had put on too much weight during the filming and Plummer refused to carry her so they had to use someone else.
  • Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day turned down the role of Maria. Oops.
  • Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss auditioned for one of the kids role.
  • Kym Karath nearly drowned in the scene where the boat overturns. She couldn’t swim and Andrews was supposed to catch her but fell on the wrong side of the boat. Heather Menzies-Urich (who played Louisa) ended up saving her instead.
  •  The song ‘Edelweiss’ was the last song Oscar Hammerstein II ever wrote. Aw.
  • Marni Nixon, expert dubber (dubbing Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and many others) appears as Sister Sophia in this film. This was a very rare occurrence.
  • Christopher Plummer didn’t like making the film and apparently refers to it as ‘The Sound of Mucus’.
Breathe easy boys, the sound of music has faded and we’re on to bigger and better things. As if you could top this but we’ll try. Next time we’re watching ‘A Man for all Seasons’ starring Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller and Orson Welles.


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