The Sound of Music (1965)
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My mother always wanted a girl - she had 4 sons instead... me being the oldest. Not deterred by her lack of female offspring, she set out to show us every estrogen-rich movie out there - Shirley Temple movies, Anne of Green Gables, etc... and every musical she could find - including the one that haunts my dreams: The Sound of Music. Damn it to hell.
Beautifully shot: every scene has amazing scenery and sets and is perfectly composed. Characters are inconsistent, with everyone playing exaggerated cartoons at the beginning but becoming a lot more nuanced and interesting right about at the point where the baroness arrives. It's from this point onwards that it becomes a much more interesting film, building up to quite a tense ending, though you have to overlook the Nazis who are outmaneuvered by exiting stage right. One thing that remains consistent are the songs, which are saccharine drivel.
Incredible cinematography! Well, its in Österreich!!
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This movie ranks #3 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #6 in IMDb's Musical Top 50
This movie ranks #27 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #30 in IMDb's Family Top 50
This movie ranks #35 in IMDb's Biography Top 50
This movie ranks #39 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #40 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
This movie ranks #41 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
This movie ranks #42 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
This movie ranks #43 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #86 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #87 in Pixar Directors Recommend: Films for Kids Under 13
This movie ranks #237 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #252 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #331 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #436 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #476 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #515 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #526 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #666 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #806 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #849 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life