Each Tuesday night we ask anyone with a pinterest, blog, tumblr or what have you to post their favorite shot from a preselected movie. To kick off Season Six: The Sound of Music (1965) for its 50th Anniversary.
Unlike its obvious counterpart in belovedness, The Wizard of Oz (previously featured in this series) it was wildly popular from the day it opened. If you adjust for inflation it remains the third highest grossing film of all time after Gone With the Wind (1939) and Star Wars (1977). Like GWTW, its production trouble seems to have magically made it a stronger film rather than torpedoing it. Funny how fate works. For example Christopher Plummer's contempt for the project (he turned it down several times and loudly denounced it afterwards) bleeds through but affects the movie in surprisingly perfect ways, balancing the sweet with just enough sour.
In short, it's one of 'Our Favorite Things'.
Best Shots from
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chosen by the HMWYBS Club and displayed in rough chronological order. Click on the shot for its corresponding article from these 21 participants several of them first timers. Welcome!
I Want to Believe makes a great Moulin Rouge! reference
The Film Experience on falling in love with country, men and movie stars
The Spy in the Sandwich shares a fantastic personal memory
The Entertainment Junkie on the balance of power in many of the film's frames
Coco Hits NY on Julie Andrews long take splendor and the Do Re Mi sequence
Lam Chop Chop on childhood viewings and unbridled joy
Queerer Things points to the depth of emotion the enormous sets allow
Dusty Hixenbaugh on the film's impressive multi-tasking
The Film's The Thing conveys the movies superb attention to detail and capacity to surprise you after multiple viewings
A Fistful of Film wonders how Christopher Plummer wasn't nominated for this?
Awards Nazi has a great piece on Maria's thrilling and terrifying realization
Sorta That Guy loves the small moments in a big film
Video Valhalla rediscovers the stealth movie within this one -- the one starring the Baroness
Running Reel watches the movie for the first time!
Operation Kino used to fast forward this part. No longer!
Dancin Dan loves the heart shape created by this unlikely pair
Paul Outlaw wonders what exactly miserable and wicked Maria did in her youth?
Film Actually also went for the romance Von Trapp
CineMunch on tearing the film's innocence to shreds
Antagony & Ecstasy on how the Favorite Thingsyness gives way to the Nazism
Unbreakable Janet V has a fun anecdote about the nuns
Please to enjoy all those articles. I plan to!
NEXT TUESDAY: Paris is Burning (available on Netflix Instant Watch) our first documentary in the series -- it's only 71 minutes long and it's a landmark film in LGBT cinema history. Perfect deep research for the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race.