The Sound of Music, 50 weeks/50 films

Watched: Jan 31, 2011

From Lee Anne:

I must first give a disclaimer that I have always, always hated musicals.
With the exception of Grease.
Which, for some reason, in my mind, isn’t a musical.
{But, of course, it is.}

When I was younger, I even started watching the Sound of Music & decided I didn’t want to watch the whole thing once I realized it was a musical.
I was SO picky about everything.
And darn stubborn, too, apparently.

{I guess some things only change a little with time. And others, not at all, apparently.}

Well, once given a fair chance, {though I was still skeptical} I absolutely LOVED this film.
Loved it so much I want to go see a friend of ours perform as Maria in the theatrical performance nearby in a couple of weeks.
It was a terrific film.
Film. Beautiful, beautiful film.
The cinematography was terrific – wonderful shots.
Beautiful storytelling, such inspiring character development.
We both laughed & cried.

I’d most definitely say it was a film well worth watching.
And it reminds me of yet another reason I’m SO deeply enjoying this little film adventure we’re on: they’re {so far} wholesome films even when they’re violent. Most of these older classic films I don’t have to worry or wonder what I’ll be exposed to, I just get to sit back, relax & enjoy the show…
{Which obviously is a rarity these days.}

Do JUST that if you haven’t seen this terrific classic film.
You’ll be SO glad you did.
We were.

From John:

Growing up this is one film we had on VHS (remember those?) and watched over and over again.

Still, watching it this time, the first time in many years, I realized just how different – how fresh – it is as a piece of cinema.
Something that struck me almost immediately was the intro to the film. Many older films have all the credits during the opening sequence andThe Sound of Music set up the look and sound of the film with a grand sweeping view of Austria with the powerful music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Film. This production reminded me of the amazing array of color that film captures, especially film that hasn’t gone through any digital reproduction (see anything made in the last 15-20 years). Although there is a lot that can be done creatively with digital processes – nothing comes close to the look of film captured with real light on set. By the time we were done watching I wanted to grab my 16mm film camera and shoot something.

Then the most important part – story. This story is one about family, the difficultly of moving on from the death of a spouse, the joy of big family adventures, and ultimately the willingness to do what it takes to protect those you love.

If you haven’t seen this film yet – skip the next sequel or remake of a TV show and watch this. You will come alive with The Sound of Music.

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