The Sound of Music (1965) was a Musical - Drama Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Robert Wise, Richard D. Zanuck, Saul Chaplin and Peter Levathes.
The film was based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers written by Maria von Trapp 1949.
This box-office champ of the '60s (ousting previous champ, 1939's Gone With the Wind, and retaining the title until The Godfather in 1972), and the most successful musical of all time, brought families into theaters for repeat viewings. The trilling voice and wholesome appeal of Andrews and the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein are highlights of the romantic musical that follows a convent novitiate who becomes caretaker for a widowed Austrian captain's brood of seven children and eventually wins the heart of the stern Plummer. Guided by her musical talent, the whole bunch forms the Von Trapp Family Singers. They take the show on the road when Nazis threaten their idyllic life. The story greatly benefits from the charm of Andrews, who had just won an Oscar for Mary Poppins. Much as he had done with West Side Story (1961), director Wise opened the visual possibilities of the musical with location shooting among Alpine vistas. Songs include: "Climb Every Mountain," "Something Good," "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" "Sixteen, Going on Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss."
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The Sound of Music was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2001.
Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Julie Andrews||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Peggy Wood||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Ruby Levitt||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Ted McCord||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Dorothy Jeakins||Nominated|
|Best Director||Robert Wise||Won|
|Best Film Editing||William Reynolds||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Irwin Kostal||Won|
|Best Picture||Robert Wise, Producer||Won|
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Maria: I don't understand.
Captain von Trapp: Well, we called off our engagement, you see, and...
Maria: Oh, I'm sorry.
Captain von Trapp: Yes. You are?
Maria: Mm-hmm. You did?
Captain von Trapp: Yes. Well, you can't marry someone when you're in love with someone else... can you?
Maria: There were times when we would look at each other - oh Mother, I could hardly breathe.
[singing starts somewhere inside]
Captain von Trapp: What's that?
Maria: It's singing.
Captain von Trapp: Yes, I realize it's singing, but who?
Maria: The children.
Captain von Trapp: The children?
Maria: I taught them something to sing for the Baroness.
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The organ passages in the film's underscore were performed by jazz organist Buddy Cole, who suffered a fatal heart attack the day after his recording sessions.
The first scene filmed was the scene in Maria's bedroom where Frau Schmidt brings the dress material, and later Liesl sneaks in through the window. One of the last scenes filmed was the "You are Sixteen" number, which appears in the film right before the scene in Maria's room. The two scenes were shot about 4 months apart.
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