Cast:Julie Andrews,Christopher Plummer
The Sound of Music, is a musical film considered to be one of the classical and evergreen movie of all time.Filled with music and number of sound tracks, as we are used to this kind its a sure entertainer for the viewers.Maria (Julie Andrews), a mischievous girl, also who is in her early stages in the process of becoming a nun stays at Nonnberg Abbey.Maria’s character been revealed to the viewers through one of the opening song ‘Maria..’.Regardless of her naughty character she has been liked by many in the Abbey.Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) asks Maria to work as a governess in a widowed Austrian Navy Captain, Georg von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) house and to take care of his seven children’s.Maria accepts and travel to Georg von Trapp’s house.She is shocked to see the way in which the children’s been treated by their father George.Initially been unacceptable by the childrens, later they accepts and loves Maria for her commitment and carrying nature.
Maria takes the children to picnics,climbs trees and bicycles with them.One day when they all are in boating in a nearby lake,suddenly the boat capsizes and all fell into the water.Knowing this George gets anger on Maria and asks her to leave the palace.Later George realizes his mistakes and likes the way Maria treated his children’s. Maria reunites with the children and an affair developes between Maria and George and later they get married.When Georgen and Maria went for their honeymoon to Paris, Max, a close friend of George grooms the children to take part in the upcoming Salzburg Music Festival against George’s wish.Suddenly the things changes as Austria is annexed to Nazi Germany (March 12, 1938), George is supposed to report to Nazi Naval to accept the duty.As George dislikes to join in Nazi,tries to flee and before which he take part in the Salzburg Music Festival with his family.They all performs “So Long, Farewell” song on the stage and escapes from there to Switzerland.
Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers,Oscar Hammerstein II,Irwin Kostal is outstanding.Julie Andrews has given her best performance.The movie has been remade into several languages.Tamil movies such as ‘Santhi nilayam’ and ‘Raja chinna Roja’ used some of its sound tracks.One can get all the Indian film ingredients in this one,from fun and comedy to romance and sentiments.Maria,Sixteen Going on Seventeen,My Favorite Things to name few favourite sound tracks.
Academy Awards (Oscars) for,
Best Picture (WINNER)
Best Director – Robert Wise (WINNER)
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Julie Andrews (Nomination)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Peggy Wood (Nomination)
Best Art Direction (Nomination)
Best Costume Design (Nomination)
Best Sound (James Corcoran, Fred Hynes) (WINNER)
Best Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment (WINNER)
Best Cinematography (Nomination)
Best Film Editing (WINNER)