Why I’m sixteen, what’s such a baby about that?
Robert Wise directs this iconic musical based on the 1959 Broadway adaptation. Its one of those films that everyone has watched at least once, particularly at Christmas time. Maria (played by the amazing Julie Andrews) is a young woman training to be a nun in the 1930s. The nuns at the Abbey are concerned about her youthful and free spirit and her preference to be in the mountains over mass. Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) believes she would be happier outside the abbey and sends her to the house of Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) to be governess to his seven children. As is typical in musicals Maria grows to love and change the captain’s children. Captain Von Trapp falls in love with Maria and with their travelling singing group, they must flee Nazi occupied Austria.
I’m pretty sure people have seen this film at least once during their lives. It seems to be always on around the holiday season and I have vivid memories of watching this at various Christmasses with my siblings. For those of you who don’t know I was educated at a Catholic girls school from the ages of 12-18 and a great deal of the film involving the nuns reminds me of my time there.
A timeless classic of a musical with memorable songs that have been been parodied in many media forms. The actors playing the children were very sweet and acting from other cast members were excellent too.
Altogether now, the hills are alive…
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
My rating: 4.5/5