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The Sound of Music

The hills are alive again as this classic musical returns in glorious 70mm.

Due to a temporary fault with one of our projectors in NFT1, the remainder of the 70mm screenings scheduled in NFT1 will now take place in NFT3 (and the seating will be unallocated) with the exception of certain screenings which will remain in NFT1 but be played from the 4K Digital restoration (NFT1 4K screenings - Sun 27 May 19:00, Mon 28 May at 15:20 and 19:00, Wed 30 May 19:20 NFT1).

Image from The Sound of Music

USA 1965
Dir Robert Wise
With Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
172min + interval
70mm (exclusive two-week run)
Certificate U

This handsomely mounted film of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is an exemplary translation from stage to screen. Right from the aerial opening – here in glorious 70mm on an exclusive two-week run – Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman place passion, energy, movement and musical expression at the heart of their brisk, eloquent storytelling. Austria’s Alps symbolise freedom for Maria (Andrews) – a nun-turned-governess to the children of a widowed naval officer (Plummer) – her charges and, finally, for a land afflicted by the rise of Nazism. The expertly staged songs are so memorable they may distract from the cinematic intelligence at work: the attention to telling details in performance, visual nuance and narrative dynamic ensure this remains more than mere singalong fun. Hollywood classicism at its most polished.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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