Best Picture Winners. Movie #115: The Apartment (1960)

From now until Oscar Sunday I will be reviewing Best Picture winners. Enjoy!

Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee

Academy Awards (1961):

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Alexandre Trauner, Edward G. Boyle

Best Director: Billy Wilder

Best Film Editing: Daniel Mandell

Best Picture: Billy Wilder

Best Writing, Story or Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jack Lemmon

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jack Kruschen

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Shirley MacLaine

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Joseph LaShelle

Best Sound: Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

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Manhattan insurance clerk C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) gains favor with some of his superiors at work by allowing them to use his apartment as a rendezvous for their extramarital affairs.  Things get complicated, though, when Jeff Sheldrake (MacMurray), the company boss, brings Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), an elevator operator who Baxter has fallen in love with, to the apartment.

There are a lot of layers to this story, and they’re intricately woven together and flow smoothly to make for a charming film.  There is the right balance of humor and seriousness, light-heartedness with darker elements.

Jack Lemmon has a certain “it” factor and charm that I’ve always enjoyed.  Most of the films I’ve seen him in have been great showcases of his comedic acting.  However, there always seems to be just enough depth and seriousness with his performances that sets him apart from other exclusively comedic actors.  He’s adds enough serious, meaningful acting to not just be the funnyman.  His performance in The Apartment showcases this balance between funny and serious probably better than any of his other films, at least that I’ve seen.

Shirley MacLaine complements both Lemmon and Fred MacMurray in her given relationship with each man.  She performs her character’s inner conflict very well, and she holds her own with the comedic parts as well.

Jack Kruschen, who earned an Oscar nomination for his part as Baxter’s neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss, carries some of the comedic load of the film and complements the two leads quite well.  Though he plays the irritated neighbor, he also does a great job as a paternal voice of reason.  MacMurray also does a good job as the overbearing womanizer boss type.  It’s interesting to me that My Three Sons started its twelve-year run in 1960.  MacMurray has that 50s/60s “model dad” look to him.  It adds a different dynamic to his performance as Sheldrake.

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The Apartment has an alluring balance of comedy and drama.  Complementary and believable performances by all the major characters really bring this film together.  It’s lighthearted  at times, but serious when it needs to be.  Though the technology and outside cultural influences have become incredibly dated, the core story of the growing love between two people in spite of everything going on around them is still engaging and enjoyable to watch.  Jack Lemmon gives one of his best performances in this film.  I’d definitely recommend this one, and it’ll stay on my radar as one to revisit at some point.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Movie #108: The Graduate (1967)

Director: Mike Nichols

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, and Murray Hamilton

Academy Awards (1968):

Best Director: Mike Nichols

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Dustin Hoffman

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Anne Bancroft

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Katharine Ross

Best Cinematography: Robert Surtees

Best Picture: Lawrence Turman

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Calder Willingham, Buck Henry

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Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) doesn’t know what to do with his life.  He spends his days lounging at the pool, and doing the whole, “What’s next for me?” routine.  Mrs. Robinson, Ben’s dad’s business partner’s wife, and Ben eventually begin an almost exclusively physical affair.  Eventually Ben wants more out of it, and they end up breaking off their escapades.  Things change, though, when Ben falls in love with the Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Ross).

The Graduate has drama, romance, and comedy all rolled into one with this coming of age film about a young man trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life.

thegraduate1I thought Dustin Hoffman performed well.  His awkwardness with Mrs. Robinson at the beginning of the movie was great.  There is that transition period in relationships with others as a younger person starts relating to other adults on a more adult level.  At the same time, it takes some getting used to.  Hoffman pulls this off nicely even though Bancroft is only 6 years older than him in real life.  However, Hoffman doesn’t quite have the look of a man in his early 20s, he was 30 when the film was made.

This is the sort of film that I get a little more out of with each viewing.  I’ve been able to see and appreciate a lot of the wit and comedic/satirical elements of this film.

The opening shot of The Graduate with Ben standing on a moving sidewalk in the airport sets a more low-key tone for the film.  It helps establish the “now what” mentality that Ben has as he’s finished college and isn’t sure what to do next.  At times, especially for the first half of the film, I felt a lot like Benjamin, disinterested and bored.

For me, the film picked up and became great once Elaine came into the picture.  Since Ben’s affair with Mrs. Robinson had become stagnant, adding in a new dynamic was the right move, and while I think Hoffman had great chemistry with Bancroft, it seemed exponentially better with Katharine Ross.  Maybe since their characters were much closer in age, dealing with the same uncertainties and whatnot.  It just seemed like their characters played off each other better.

The soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel plays well throughout the film.  The way their songs were integrated after Elaine went back to school really slowed down the film and added for the dramatic effect.

Ben’s drive to the church to Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Mrs. Robinson” is good, but the fact that it’s been redone shows just how great that whole sequence is.  My personal favorite it the homage in Wayne’s World 2, here.

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The final shot of the film is great and sets the plot apart from your fairytale ending.  In my book that’s a big plus when a filmmaker and performers add that layer of realism.

The Graduate is a gem of a film.  Drama, romance, and comedy sprinkled throughout made this enjoyable to watch.  Balanced acting chemistry between the three leads really showcased the acting talent of Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, and Katharine Ross and made more a memorable film.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Movie #102: Easy Rider (1969)

Director: Dennis Hopper

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Mac Mashourian, Jack Nicholson

Academy Award Nominations (1970):

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jack Nicholson

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern

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Following a drug deal in Los Angeles, Wyatt “Captain America” (Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) head through the American Southwest en route to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  Along the way they encounter fellow hippies and others who don’t approve of their way of life.  They meet George Hanson (Nicholson), a lawyer who helps them get out of jail in Middle America.  Hanson is intrigued by their lifestyle and joins them for a time.

This film is a mystery for me.  I was born after the 1960s, and thus don’t have firsthand knowledge of a lot of the major themes this film addresses and works with.  I didn’t see the rise and fall of the hippie movement and things such as communal living.  I can understand how it was fresh, new, and had an appeal to the generation depicted in the film.

If you’re looking for a great road trip movie, this is probably one of the first of its kind.  In fact, I felt like half of the film was just Fonda and Hopper riding on their motorcycles while various songs played in the background.  There were lots of nice scenic shots, but I think they needed to cut those scenes back or add something else to it so it’s more than just the two main characters riding their motorcycles.  Easy Rider has a good soundtrack.  I will say I enjoyed the music selection.

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The contrasting portrayals of the two main characters was interesting.  Wyatt’s All-American stars and stripes everything and Billy’s more Native American portrayal added an interesting dynamic.  Though the two are free-spirit hippies, Wyatt seems to be the more rational of the two, while Billy is more skeptical and free-flowing.

In keeping with a countercultural theme, the cinematography in Easy Rider felt like it was cut and paste at times.  The most significant example was the LSD trip the guys and prostitutes have in New Orleans.  The film itself didn’t follow with conventional methods, per se.  Natural light was used during most of the filming, and something like that gives the film a more primitive feel to it.

easyridernicholsonJack Nicholson was great in his limited screen time.  His performance landed him the first of twelve Academy Award nominations for acting.  The quick, blunt wit was present with Nicholson even this early in his career.  Having seen a number of his films, his screen presence and entertaining performance isn’t any surprise to me.  It’s unfortunate he didn’t have more screen time.

It’s noteworthy that Toni Basil (sang the song “Mickey” in 1982) was in this film as a prostitute Wyatt and Billy meet in New Orleans.

Though it was culturally significant when it was released, Easy Rider doesn’t have the same impact it once had.  It tells the story of its time and the countercultural movement and emphasis on freedom and escapism.  Now that society is much further removed from that time period, the film itself hasn’t aged well in my opinion.  I’ve watched this movie twice now.  I don’t plan on watching it again.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Valentine’s 2014. Movie #89: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Director: Blake Edwards

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Jose Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, and Mickey Rooney

Academy Awards (1962):

Best Music, Original Song: Henry Mancini (music), Johnny Mercer (lyrics) for the song ‘Moon River’

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Henry Mancini

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Audrey Hepburn

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour: Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson, Sam Comer, Ray Moyer

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: George Axelrod

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“I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling… I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?”

“In a minute.”

“I guess it’s pretty lucky neither of us is rich, huh?”

Holly Golightly (Hepburn) is a young woman from Texas living a lifestyle in New York City in large part from the generosity of men.  When Paul Varjak (Peppard) moves into her apartment building, the two fall in love, though Holly wouldn’t admit it, preferring to get involved with men for their money.  Paul, a struggling writer, is also supported by another person, Emily Eustace Failenson or 2E (Neal).

Audrey Hepburn, in probably her most famous and influential acting role, almost didn’t get the part of Holly Golightly.  Truman Capote, author of the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s, prefered Marilyn Monroe for the part.  Luckily for Hepburn, Monroe was in the process of changing her image, and her playing the role of a call girl wasn’t in the cards.

The opening scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where Holly stands in front of Tiffany’s eating a pastry and drinking her coffee, was a brilliant scene.  The simplicity and calmness in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the United States, balanced with the instrumental track for “Moon River,” I think, is one of the best scenes in the film.  I would imagine, though, that it was a pain to shoot given the fact that it’s a busy part of a very busy town.

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There is a good balance of acting in this film.  Paul’s down-to-earth approach is a good balance for Holly’s more free-spirited ways.  In a bit of gender role reversal, he provides more emotion while she’s more pragmatic and suppresses her emotions.  While Holly asserts that she doesn’t get too close to anyone, she definitely seems torn when Doc Golightly (Ebsen) leaves to go back to Texas without her.

Though a small role, Buddy Ebsen makes great use of his screen time and does a lot to humanize Holly.

Though a small role, Buddy Ebsen makes great use of his screen time and does a lot to humanize Holly.

The set pieces throughout the film were very well done in my opinion.  There’s a good cross-section of the world Holly and Paul lived it, and it just seems like classic New York City.  The scene where the two are in Tiffany’s getting Paul’s Cracker Jack prize ring was entertaining to say the least.  I liked how the clerk stayed classy and professional despite the clearly limited budget of his clients.  I also liked the integration of ‘Moon River’ throughout the film.  It’s sprinkled, either an instrumental track or with singing, throughout the film at just the right times.

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I don’t know what to think of Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi.  I know it was probably in large part a comic relief role, but to a certain degree it seems unnecessary.  His scenes are funny to a degree and over-the-top, and Blake Edwards directed a lot of comedy films.  Still, the argument that this character was a bit offensive has some validity if you ask me.  Plus, if you’re going to have an Asian character, it’d be smart to have an Asian actor, but that may just be me.

As I watched this film, I went back and forth with whether this role was right for Hepburn.  As an introvert, playing an extreme extrovert like Holly Golightly must have been a major challenge for Hepburn.  As with many of the other films I’ve seen of hers, she seems more in her element in dignified and classy roles.  The fashion elements of Holly’s character seemed more suited to Hepburn, but I just don’t know about Holly Golightly the person matched up with Hepburn’s acting talents.  On the other hand, I can’t think of anyone who probably could have done the part better, perhaps Monroe.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s has some of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic images.  Could you imagine anyone else wearing the Givenchy dress with pearls and huge sunglasses, complemented by the oversized cigarette holder?  Of course not.  Though the love story in this seems a bit predictable, it was still engaging enough for me to enjoy.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s is entertaining, and I could probably watch it now and again, but it’s probably not one that I’d go out of my way to see.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Movie #82: Lawrence of Arabia

Director: David Lean

Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, and Arthur Kennedy

Academy Awards (1963):

Best Picture: Sam Speigel

Best Director: David Lean

Best Art Direction: John Box, John Stoll, Dario Simoni

Best Cinematography: Fred A. Young

Best Film Editing: Anne Coates

Best Music, Score: Maurice Jarre

Best Sound: Shepperton Studio Sound Department, John Cox

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Peter O’Toole

Best Supporting Actor: Omar Sharif

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson

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Following a fatal motorcycle accident, a reporter tries to gain insight into the life of T.E. Lawrence (O’Toole) from those who crossed paths with him over the years.  Lawrence of Arabia tells the story of Lawrence’s service in World War I as a leader of the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Turks.

This film was a marathon to watch, needless to say.  Just shy of 4 hours, I ended up watching it in three sittings.  That was good, for me it made the film more enjoyable.  I don’t think the film would have had as big of an impact had they cut out anything, so in that way the length of film was acceptable, if far longer than usual.

Visually this film is deserving of the 5 Academy Awards it received with its use of visual and audio elements.  Lawrence of Arabia is considered one of the greatest films of all time in part because of its influence and lasting effect in cinematic history.  Films of this scale have to be done right.  In contrast, Cleopatra, which was released just a year later, was a mess and a half to film and went way over budget.

To bring it back to Lawrence of Arabia, there was a good balance of visual effects, background music, and a score that I found enjoyable.  The battle scenes were done very well, though there were a few times that it was a little over-dramatized for my liking.

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The cast worked well together.  Though Sherif Ali (Sharif) was resistant to Lawrence at first, and a constant sounding board and skeptic, it was interesting to see the progression of their relationship throughout the film.

A film like this absolutely has to have a strong lead, so going with an unknown actor like Peter O’Toole is a tremendous gamble.  However, that gamble paid off.  O’Toole, having been trained as a stage actor to this point in his career, brings a certain level of professionalism and class that is a unique quality.  Playing T.E. Lawrence required a tremendous acting range, and O’Toole did an excellent job of portraying them all.  It’s one thing to be a strong military leader, but to struggle with losing an orphan kid who tags along, having to shoot a friend to maintain peace, and so on can wear down a person.  It speaks to the strength of Lawrence himself and O’Toole in his acting range.

lawrenceofarabiaotooleguinnessOne pleasant surprise in this film was the performance by Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal.  It’s a fine line having the British accent and yet pulling off a convincing Arab prince, but Guinness does a great job in this film of separating his native accent with the person he is portraying.  He wrote that while filming, a few people had mistaken him for the late prince.  I’ve come to expect acting greatness from Alec Guinness, regardless of how big or small the part.  He certainly didn’t disappoint.

The only part I didn’t like was at the end of the film when Feisel essentially brushed Lawrence aside after Lawrence had done the military side.  Feisel had shifted his primary alliance to the British leadership in order to maintain power after the Arab council in Damascus can’t get anything done.  It’s not so much a critique on his performance but instead on how the script was written.

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Lawrence of Arabia is a great film.  Without a doubt, it deserves the accolades it has received over the years.  Strong lead actors, brilliantly balanced music and visual effects, and an entertaining script make this film one worth watching.  I probably won’t watch this one too many more times, it’s a good one to see at least once.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Movie #81: True Grit (1969)

Director: Henry Hathaway

Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper

Academy Awards (1970):

Best Actor in a Leading role: John Wayne

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Music, Original Song: Don Black, Elmer Bernstein for the song ‘True Grit’

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Mattie Ross (Darby) hires the aging, alcoholic US Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) to hunt down Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) the man who killed her father.  They are joined by La Boeuf (Campbell), a Texas Ranger searching for Chaney to collect a reward for previous crimes he had committed.  

This film has a lot to offer.  Though obviously a Western, there’s also the dynamics of the young Mattie seeking vengeance and in a way saving Rooster from completely destroying himself with his alcoholism.  Kim Darby has moments of being young, idealistic, and at times naive, but her hard-headed grit help establish her as more than the stereotypical damsel who can’t take care of herself. 

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John Wayne’s performance in True Grit earned him his only Academy Award, though honestly it was long overdue.  I can’t say I’ve watched a whole lot of Wayne’s films, but he particularly stands out here as a man who has certainly seen better days.  Though he’s been roughed up in life, there’s a delicate balance in working with the young Mattie Ross where Cogburn is both the stubborn S.O.B. everyone knows, but also having a heart in caring for Mattie.  His chemistry both with Darby and Campbell’s La Bouef make for a number of great one-liners, but also gives the story a genuine feel.

 

 

True Grit (1969) Though I’ve seen this film before, I didn’t really remember Robert Duvall’s role as Ned Pepper.  He was hard-nosed enough to be believable as a villain, but at the same time somewhat disinterested in Chaney’s troubles.  Though Chaney was a member of his gang, Pepper was more concerned with keeping himself out of trouble with the law.  Duvall does this convincingly, competent enough to hold his own, but in the end more worried about saving his own skin than Chaney’s.

 

 

Though True Grit benefits form strong lead and supporting performances, there are a couple of elemental things that bugged me.  Nothing major, but still a little bothersome.  One was Kim Darby’s age.  I just couldn’t believe her as a 14-year-old.  I realize using older actors and actresses is common, the writers could have said she was older without losing anything story-wise with it.  The other is more of a pitfall in older war and western movies.  The deaths, shootings, and fighting weren’t believable.  The worst of this was when Chaney hit La Boeuf with a rock.  I seriously doubt that a blow like that could kill someone, and Campbell’s performance as a mortally wounded man just didn’t work for me. 

Overall I thought this film was great, I want to make that clear in light of my minor complaints.

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True Grit is one of those films that should not be re-made. Period.  Especially by someone like the Coen Brothers.  They’ve proven that they can come up with original material, so why did they have to remake a classic.  As much as I like Jeff Bridges, I must say I was disappointed when I found out he was going to play Rooster Cogburn.  Some characters should be associated with one and only one actor.  Rooster Cogburn is one of those.  

True Grit is an entertaining Western that has great chemistry between the lead performers, enough smart alack quips to be funny, and lovingly caring enough to bring balance.  John Wayne does great in this movie, and deserved the Academy Award he received for his performance.  I could revisit this film from time to time,  it’s just that good.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Movie #79: The Sound of Music (1965)

Director: Robert Wise

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, and Kym Karath

Academy Awards (1966):

Best Director: Robert Wise

Best Film Editing: William Reynolds

Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment: Irwin Kostal

Best Picture: Robert Wise

Best Sound: James Corconan (20th Century Fox-SSD), Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD)

Academy Award Nominations:

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julie Andrews

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Peggy Wood

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color: Boris Leven, Walter M. Scott, Ruby T. Levitt

Best Cinematography, Color: Ted D. McCord

Best Costume Design, Color: Dorothy Jeakins

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Salzburg, Austria, 1938

Maria (Andrews), a postulant in the local abbey is assigned as the new governess for the von Trapp family.  Georg von Trapp (Plummer), an ex-naval officer grieves the loss of his wife and runs his home like one of his ships.  As Maria encourages the children to sing and play, Georg remembers and brings music back into the home for the first time since his wife’s passing.  As time passes, Maria and Georg fall in love and marry.  Meanwhile, the Nazis move to occupy Austria, and Georg must decide whether to take a commission thrust upon him in the German Navy or flee with his family to Switzerland.

This is one of many films I’ve watched a number of times when I was younger, and it’s interesting to re-watch it now that I’m older. I suppose it’s because my perspectives have changed, which is natural when one grows up.  The Sound of Music is a film that has had such a broad appeal over the years that I just can’t see it ever fully going away.  Yes, there’s a live production of it on NBC tonight, but that to me serves as a testament to how popular and enjoyed the original film still is today.

As a film shot in 1965, The Sound of Music has a lot of great cinematography.  I watched the 40th Anniversary DVD edition for this review, and I really enjoyed the long, scenic shots throughout the film.  Robert Wise, who had directed The Day the Earth Stood Still and West Side Story, among many others, had really mastered the craft at this point in his career, and the care given to the cinematography and balance of story really helps the musical numbers and plot flow smoothly throughout.

A number of key roles could have gone to other actors.  Julie Andrews, who was 30 at the time of this film, gives a very standout and mature performance as Maria, a free spirit and genuinely caring to the point of being somewhat naive of a person.  She strikes a nice balance of being fun but firm.  The real life Maria was much stricter, and in contrast Georg wasn’t so hard of a task master as he is portrayed.  However, for the purposes of the film, Andrews does great.

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Christopher Plummer was not all that thrilled with his performance and the film in general.  However, over the years he has come to appreciate The Sound of Music’s place in film history.  I don’t know that he gave the best performance, but he does a good job in his transition from grieving father seeking control to appreciating his family and learning to love them again and falling in love with Maria.

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Earning an Academy Award nomination for her performance, Peggy Wood does a wonderful job as the Reverend Mother.  She brings a great motherly dynamic for Maria, and serves as a strong, wise counsel.  Her scenes are among my favorite in the film because she helps Maria make sense of all her confusion.  There was also a good balance of her screen time, I think any more would have diminished her character, and any less would have made her far less effective.

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Not to be overlooked, the real star of The Sound of Music has to be, of course, the music.  Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers have no doubt created a masterpiece collection of songs.  They are, I would imagine, among the most widely-known songs from film.  My personal favorite, and one of my all-time favorite songs, is Edelwiess.  Since 2005, an annual “Sound of Music Sing-A-Long,” which has featured members of the cast and some of the actual Von Trapp Family Singers has been hosted by the Hollywood Bowl.  It has sold out every year.

The Sound of Music  is a good example of how a story is “based on real events.”  There were a number of changes from what actually happened.  Maria and the Captain were married for a number of years before the Nazi occupation.  The von Trapp family had also lost a great deal of their wealth.  The Captain was seriously considering taking the commission with the Nazis more out of financial necessity than anything else.  Salzburg is also nowhere near Switzerland, so fleeing and hiking through the mountains would have been entirely impractical.  By the time the film was made, the von Trapp’s had long since sold the rights to their story.

soundofmusicmariacameoThe real Maria von Trapp makes a cameo in the film as one of the three ladies shown just to the left of Julie Andrews.

Entertaining, enjoyable, and timeless, The Sound of Music has stayed popular and beloved for nearly 50 years.  With fun musical numbers, strong character chemistry, and breathtaking scenery, this film has a wide range of appeal that can be enjoyed by someone 8 to 80, everything in between and more.  It goes without saying that this is not the last time I will watch this film.   I am looking forward to sharing this with my family down the road.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.