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The Sound of Music (1965)



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One of the most famous musicals of all time, with one of the most famous opening scenes in any movie of any time. If you haven't seen a gloriously free Julie Andrews romping about in the Austrian Alps at least once, you're a recluse. Those even mildly interested in musicals, romances, or the stunning imagery of the opening scene are encouraged to check out the rest of the film. It was Rodgers and Hammerstein's last musical, and Edelweiss, one of their most beautiful songs ever, was the last song Oscar Hammerstein wrote the lyrics for before he died. The plot is based on a true story, about a governess from a convent falling in love with Baron Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) while taking care of his children. Then the Nazis invade Austria, putting them in a sticky position. It's funny and suspenseful, with some legendary music.