Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1965. G. 174 min.
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- Sun, May 10, 2:00 pm
“How do you solve a problem like Maria? She’s bursting with naiveté, so much so that she’s outside running around on Austrian mountaintops when she should be inside praying and studying to be a good a nun. She’s got to settle down a little before she can marry God, so the head nun sends her off to watch seven kids, children of navy captain Von Trapp, who is Maria’s opposite, very stern and stiff. But Maria’s innocent charm melts his tough exterior, and after some misunderstandings with a pinecone, they kiss in a gazebo, get married, and flee the Nazis. And let’s not forget the kids! Liesl is sixteen and she’s just fallen in love with a boy. He kisses her and immediately after she yells “Whee!” Then she finds out a few weeks later that he’s dumped her for Hitler. What a jerk! All the kids are forced to wear uniforms and when they are told they don’t have to anymore, they end up in clothes made out of some tatty old curtains. No wonder they need constant reminding of their favorite things. This timeless film, full of catchy tunes and scenic vistas, and genuine pluck, has earned its reputation as a classic.” (Jen Koogler, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)