Julie Andrews

The Sound of Music (1965)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Sound of Music (1965)

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

George Hurdalek

Howard Lindsay

Russel Crouse

Ernest Lehman

Maria von Trapp

Starring:

Julie Andrews

Christopher Plummer

Eleanor Parker

Richard Haydn

Peggy Wood

Charmain Carr

Blurb:

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Thoughts:

I watched The Sound of Music with my kids because it’s a movie I watched a lot as a child. My children were not as entertained as I was when I was their age. It took us four days to make our way through this film and on the last day I watched the ending alone. It is a longggg movie.

Once again, the music is amazing, there isn’t much dancing, but the puppet show and the little skits the kids do are charming. It’s a lovely movie, definitely a classic, but not one I need to watch often. It’s not one I could watch often with how long it is.

Recently, a book about the Von Trapp family’s lives was on sale, and I bought it. I’m interested to see what was changed for the movie. One of my favorite parts is the love story. I’m curious to see if that was entirely made up. Reading everyone’s Wikipedia entries is pretty interesting.

I’ve only got one more movie in the 60s, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Another kids movie that my kids will probably not like :rollingeyes:

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Mary Poppins (1964)

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh

Don DaGradi

Starring:

Julie Andrews

Dick Van Dyke

David Tomlinson

Glynis Johns

Hermione Baddeley

Reta Shaw

Karen Dotrice

Matthew Garber

Blurb:

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Thoughts:

Mary Poppins was one of just a handful of VHS tapes that I had growing up. I watched it many, many, many times. Upon recent viewing, I discovered I’ve watched it so many times I could fall asleep during it. My children were less inclined and quickly got bored; if their past obsession with Blippi is any indication they have no taste.

I love the songs in Mary Poppins. I enjoy them more than any other older Disney movie except maybe The Little Mermaid. I was never a huge fan of the animation in Poppins, I thought it was odd, but unlike P.L. Travers, I don’t hate it with the passion of a thousand suns.

I read at least the first two Marry Poppins books when I was a child and didn’t enjoy them as much as the movie. Mary Poppins wasn’t very friendly, and since my first experience with the character was the film and Julie Andrews, I wasn’t impressed. I like my Mary with a spoonful of sugar.

P.L. Travers sounds like an interesting person, despite her opinions of the movie. She was a Shakespearian actor, wrote poetry, traveled a lot, and met some fascinating people. She also seemed a bit controlling, not just of her written works. Reading her Wikipedia entry, I learned that she adopted a son but never told him he had siblings, including a twin brother. He didn’t find out about his twin until they showed up on his doorstep, demanding to see him. Travers sent the twin away, argued with her son, and he stormed out and searched out his twin. Family drama is entertaining when it’s happening to another family.

I watched Mary Poppins Returns at some point during my review hiatus. Since I barely remember it, I don’t think I was impressed. I am a fan of the actors, though, so that’s disappointing. I have yet to watch Saving Mr. Banks. I plan to one day and just haven’t gotten around to it.

All in all, another great movie that I’m happy to own. It survived the great Disney purge of 2020 in my house. So that’s saying a lot.