The Sound of Music

Preceded by a puppet show by The Bob Baker Marionette Theater!

“No one is comfortable with an excess of hearts and flowers, but there is no valid reason for hiding honest emotion…It’s my conviction that anyone who can’t, on occasion, be sentimental about children, home or nature is sadly maladjusted.” – Richard Rodgers

It’s 1965. The tide-shifting political and countercultural revolution approacheth, as activists, mop-tops, and barefooted flower children play pied pipers to an ever-expanding consciousness. Warhol has directed 28 films…this year alone. And yet the highest grossing movie, of both the year and all time, is about a wide-eyed, plucky nun who warms the heart of a calloused widower, turning the lives and frowns of his family upside down as she brings them together through the power of song. 60s cinema’s fascination with Sisters of the Cloth’s exotic purity climbed to its most glorious heights with The Sound of Music. Audiences around the world fell in love with the fresh faced, glowing Julie Andrews and commanding Christopher Plummer, the sumptuous direction by Robert Wise, and the unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Though critics sneered and the hip dubbed it the epitome of squaredom, Music’s charm laid not in its obliviousness to a world in flux but its juxtaposition against it. As the shadow of WWII falls all around and the family sweetly sings that final “Edelweiss”, it’s easy to see them (through tear-filled eyes) as a symbol of kinship, love, and hope amidst chaos. Now in these sadly maladjusted times beset by darkness and snarkness, the honest emotion of The Sound of Music is more precious than ever. Warmth, kindness and, as its original tagline proclaimed, “The Happiest Sound in All the World!” These are a few of our favorite things, may they bloom and grow forever.

Dir. Robert Wise, 1965, 35mm, 174 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!