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Sound Of Music


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  Sound Of Music Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
 
Average Rating
8.43 /10
 
Starring
Julie Andrews , Christopher Plummer (singing voice dubbed by Bill Lee), Richard Haydn
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Directed by: Robert Wise
Written by: Ernest Lehman from the musical with book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

 
 
 
Released: 1965
   
Genre: MUSICAL
ROMANCE
BIOPIC
FAMILY
WAR
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 177
 
 


 
Naughty but nurturing novice (Julie Andrews) woos and weds wooden widower with winsome whelps (Christopher Plummer). Noble nuns enable nice newly-weds to annoy nasty Nazis.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Though she's often accused of being sugary, Julie Andrews turns in a gutsy performance which takes the curse off this musical's more dangerously mawkish moments. Robert Wise and a highly skilled production team (many of whom had collaborated on the more intellectually acceptable West Side Story, four years before) do a terrific job on this movie which unfashionably celebrated childcare and a feminine sense of duty. Its excellent Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, gripping story and life-affirming atmosphere make this a timeless classic, whatever curmudgeonly critics might say (and they did).

The film won five Oscars, including Best Music Score (orchestrated by Irwin Kostal), Film Editing (William Reynolds) and Sound (James P. Corcoran, Fred Hynes). Nominated were cinematographer Ted McCord, art directors Boris Leven, Walter M. Scott and Ruby Levitt, and costume designer Dorothy Jeakins.

“It's very joyous. It's refreshing and not complicated. A love story, with children and music. That word 'joyous' has an awful lot to do with it."

(Julie Andrews)

“It's irresistible if you like people and children."

(Richard Rodgers)


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