“Sound of Music” turns 50 this year, and fans will soon be able to catch revival screenings of the 1965 classic starring Julie Andrews on both coasts. (As popular as it was with audiences, the movie musical was reviled by critics when it opened.)
This Thursday, March 26, the TCM Classic Film Festival opens with a new digital restoration of the beloved musical on the mammoth TLC Chinese Theatre IMAX screen. Later this Spring, the Academy will co-host a new 70mm print at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, NY on Saturday, May 2. Tom Santopietro, author of the definitive new tome on the film “The Sound of Music Story,” will introduce.
The rapturous Best Picture-winning musical also got a boost from Lady Gaga’s glorious tribute performance at the Oscars (watch, or re-watch, below), and it got her a hug of approval from Andrews. But not everyone was a fan: composer Stephen Sondheim hated it, telling the Times of London: “On the Academy Awards, she was a travesty… It was ridiculous — as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style.” Oy. But Gaga did get a hug of approval from Andrews after the performance.
Below, check out new and classic interviews with Andrews and her co-star Christopher Plummer (who in 2011 candidly told The Hollywood Reporter that the film is “awful and sentimental and gooey”) and Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance. More on the TCM screening here.