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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Sound of Music (1965)

'The Sound of Music' is an award winning musical film released in 1965. The film was based on a successful Broadway musical by the same name, and the movie itself was one of the most successful music themed movies ever made. In fact, the movie, made at an approx budget of $ 8 million, made over $155 million at that time (and if this figure is inflated adjusted for the current, the movie made $ 1 billion at current prices, making this one of the most successful movies of all times). At the Oscars too, the movie was extremely successful, earning a total of 10 nominations, and willing 5 of them, including the treasured ones of Best Picture and Best Director.
The movie is very famous for the songs, and is actually known as a Rodgers and Hammerstein movie (so named due to the 2 song writers & musicians - Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (who died before the movie version was started)). The movie, although a musical, is based in Austria in very serious times, at a time when the Nazis were becoming more and more powerful, and is about the eventual escape of a family from the clutches of the Nazis.

The Sound of Music (1965

The Academy awards for which 'The Sound of Music' was nominated were:


* Best Picture
* Best Director (Robert Wise)
* Sound
* Best Adapted Score
* Film Editing


* Best Actress (Julie Andrews)
* Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Wood)
* Best Cinematography
* Best Art Direction
* Best Costume Design

The movie was essentially based on the Von Trapp family, headed by a widower naval commander, Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and his seven cute children Liesl (16), Friedrich (14), Louisa (13), Kurt (11), Brigitta (10), Marta (7), and Gretl (5). In the midst of this comes Maria (Julie Andrews), studying to be a nun; she is sent to be the governess of these children. After some initial confrontation with the children and their father, she wins them over with the power and fun of her music and song (and these songs are the ones to watch).
The Captain warms to her when he sees the children getting closer to her, and Julie in turn finds herself falling for the Captain, but he is engaged to the wealthy baroness, Elba. Elba realizes the Captain is getting close to Julie, and sends her back to the convent. However, the Captain soon makes it clear that things will not work with the Baroness, and when Maria gets back to the house, they wed.
However, politically things are not turning out right. The Nazis take over power in Austria, and want Captain von Trapp to serve in the military. He however is not willing to serve, and buys time by taking part in a concert, from the entire family escape over the hills to Switzerland.

Songs from the movie:

* "Prelude and The Sound of Music"
* "Overture" (Main Titles, consisting of "The Sound of Music", "Do-Re-Mi", "My Favorite Things", "Something Good" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain") seguéin= into the Preludium
* "Preludium: Dixit Dominus", "Morning Hymn" (Rex admirabilis and Alleluia, based on traditional songs)
* "Maria"
* "I Have Confidence" (lyrics and music by Rodgers)
* "Sixteen Going On Seventeen"
* "My Favorite Things"
* "Salzburg Montage" (instrumental underscore based on "My Favorite Things"
* "Do-Re-Mi"
* "The Sound of Music" (reprise)
* "The Lonely Goatherd"
* "Edelweiss"
* "The Grand Waltz" (instrumental underscore, based on "My Favorite Things")
* "Ländler" (instrumental based on "The Lonely Goatherd")
* "So Long, Farewell"
* "Processional Waltz" (instrumental underscore)
* "Goodbye Maria/How Can Love Survive Waltz" (instrumental underscore, incorporating "Edelweiss" and the deleted song "How Can Love Survive?")
* "Edelweiss Waltz" (instrumental, Act 1 Finale, based on "Edelweiss")
* "Entr'acte" (instrumental, consisting of "I Have Confidence", "So Long, Farewell", "Do-Re-Mi", "Something Good" and "The Sound of Music")
* "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
* "My Favorite Things" (reprise)
* "Something Good" (lyrics and music by Rodgers)
* "Processional" (instrumental) and "Maria"
* "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" (reprise)
* "Do-Re-Mi" (Salzburg Folk Festival reprise)
* "Edelweiss" (Salzburg Folk Festival reprise)
* "So Long, Farewell" (Salzburg Folk Festival reprise)
* "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (reprise)
* "End Titles"

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