“The Sound of Music” Turns 50

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“The Sound of Music” turns 50

The 1965 Oscar-winning film adjustment of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” is commemorating its 50th birthday this year, and star Julie Andrews can’t believe it.

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“This is a beautiful moment in film history to mark.  I’ve been saying the whole time it’s like an extremely bad joke because undoubtedly it was just only 30 years ago… not 50,” she said. “I feel I lost 20 years somewhere along the way.  A little thing called life got in the way.”

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Other American movie musicals might be revered… “Cabaret” and “West Side Story,” for example, but few are as beloved as “The Sound of Music.” Andrews, now 79, believes she knows why this film remains so popular even today.

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“This film stuck because it was very well made with beautiful music and a great deal of breath-taking scenery and mountains with kids and an adventurous story including romance and all of that,” Andrews said.

To honor the turning point, 20th Century Fox is launching a five-disc Blue-ray/DVD collection, the soundtrack is being re-released and the movie will certainly be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and in over 500 movie theaters across the country in April 2015.

Four new books about the film are being released, and Princess Cruises is also celebrating this commemorate anniversary with unique screenings and sing-alongs on board.

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The musical and movie are a fictionalized account of the life of Maria von Trapp and tells the story of a 1930s governess who teaches her children to sing and then falls for her employer, naval captain Georg von Trapp, and the family’s air travel before World War II.

Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta von Trapp, said cast members have actually gone through ups and downs and births and deaths during the past 50 years however “when we all get together, we pick up where we left off.”

“It was an honor to be a part of such an excellent movie,” Cartwright stated. “When we were shooting it, we had no idea that it was going to last so long and be so effective. It was such a charmed part of my life.”

Not everybody is savoring the films anniversary with the very same passion, particularly her 85-year-old co-star Christopher Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp and has in the past derisively called the film “The Sound of Mucus.”

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“I’ve never ever actually knocked the film, I just knocked the experience of playing a part which I didn’t believe was really interesting, that’s all,” Plummer stated. “I believed I was the cat’s meow and this was quite inferior stuff.”

Andrews does not resent Plummer and his views and the two have actually remained friends.  In fact, Plummer’s less-than-earnest performance might have helped the motion picture.

“He provided it an astringency the movie needed due to the fact that it is somewhat of a saccharine story,” said Andrews. “He was so excellent in it and we remained great friends.”

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Even before this year, “The Sound of Music” was never far from the popular consciousness. Even Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige both recently performed “My Favorite Things” and NBC cast Carrie Underwood as Maria in its live version in 2013, which drew 18.6 million viewers.

Andrews, who called Underwood’s performance as Maria “wonderful,” is not precious about holding onto the her role.  She desires more people to play it and attempt their hand at putting on a musical she calls a “gift.”

“After 50 years, everyone should be enabled to translate this film it anyway you wish to.  Do it with puppetry. Do it with live actors. Do it any way.  Because it is a classic film,” she said. “It is a gift, in a way, to everyone.”

This year, we have actually had actually an extended “Sound of Music” medley by Lady Gaga at the Oscars and a brief nod to the film in Jason Robert Brown’s movie musical “The Last Five Years.”  A nationwide tour of the musical led by Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien will introduce their adaptation in September in Los Angeles.

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It’s not a bad legacy for an $8 million film that came from a Tony Award-winning Broadway show that was critically acclaimed. (One popular critic called it a “sugar-coated lie.”)  The movie won 5 Oscars and stands as the No. 3 domestic ticket office film of all time.