Part of the Decades of Musicals

Director: Robert Wise
Certificate: BBFC U
Format: 35mm
Language: English

'The Hills are alive with the sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years'. Come and see this ever-favourite Hollywood musical.  Every song is a classic that you will want to belt out, or whistle, or hum, or mime, while a story of love, fun and song unfolds on screen.

Set in 1930s Austria on the brink of social change, The Sound of Music is the story of love, decisions, and song! Maria makes a terrible nun, so terrible that even the Mother Superior wants rid of her. Maria is sent to the Von Trapp family home to act as governess to the seven mischevious Von Trapp children. Here she warms the heart of not only the children but also the iron hearted Captain Georg Von Trapp.

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The Sound of Music is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, directed by Robert Wise, starring Dame Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It was nominated for 10 Oscars in 1966 (and won 5: Best Picture, Director, Music, Editing and Sound). It’s a film truly loved by many and now’s your chance to be a part of it!

The Sound of Music features some of the greatest songs in musical history, including: The Sound of Music, (How do you solve a problem like) Maria, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Edelweiss, and So Long, Farewell. You’ll be surprised at how many of these songs you know by heart, but to help you along (if you want to join in) we will provide you with a hymn sheet!

To get you prepared, here are the lyrics to one of the most famous musical songs ever (imagine the camera panning across the lush green hills of Austria):

"The hills are alive with the sound of music // With songs they have sung for a thousand years // The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
// My heart wants to sing every song it hears 

"My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
that rise from the lake to the trees
// My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies
from a church on a breeze // To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over
stones on its way
// To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray

"I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
// I know I will hear what I've heard before
// My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
// And I'll sing once more"


Other films in the Decades of Musicals:


Film: Show Boat (1936)

3 May 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Sing-a-long-a-Sunday! The first stop on our monthly jazz-hands journey through the decades via the glorious medium of musical film.


Film: 42nd Street (1933)

7 Jun 2009, 7:30 p.m.

The quintessential "backstage" musical


Film: Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

5 Jul 2009, 7:30 p.m.


Film: An American In Paris (1951)

6 Sep 2009, 7:30 p.m.

We push on through to the fifties with this Gene Kelly / Vincente Minnelli classic. The story of ex-G.I. Jerry's (Gene Kelly) sojourn in Paris, this has everything you could ask for in a musical. Gems such as 'I Got Rhythm', Embraceable You and Nice Work If You Can Get It, glorious Technicolor (as ever) and an 18 minute long mini-ballet. Quite possibly why celluloid was dreamt up.


Film: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

4 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.

1950s musical


Film: Kiss Me Kate (1953)

1 Nov 2009, 7:30 p.m.

"The Greatest of all Great MGM Musicals!" Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew meets Cole Porter in this play within a musical within a film. Originally filmed in 3D - expect a surfeit of objects thrown at the camera as well as classic ditties 'So In Love', 'Too Darn Hot' and (in canny preparation for next week's festival of the same name!) 'Wunderbar'. Keep your eyes peeled for the Bob Fosse cameo.


Film: The Proud Valley (1940)

6 Dec 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Musical or manifesto?


Film: Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (1967)

10 Jan 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy collaborate directing the charming Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly. Its a companion piece to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964 using the same magical combination of a Michel Legrand score, immaculate kitsch art direction and a romantic story line to make the heart sing too.


Film: New York, New York (1977)

4 Apr 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Scorsese's homage to the 1940's MGM musical and to the titular city.


Film: Fame (1980)

5 Sep 2010, 7:30 p.m.

We sashay into the questionable world of 80s musicals with this tale of unadulterated, grabbing ambition. Come and remember the leg warmers, remember the routines, remember the songs and, most importantly, remember…my name. Because if they've really got what it takes, it's going to take everything they've got.


Film: Top Hat (1935)

9 Dec 2010, 7:30 p.m.

For the last Decades of Musicals film we are throwing chronology to the wind and going back to the 1930s where, let's be honest, all the best musicals live. Astaire and Rogers partner up again and croon such classics as 'Cheek to Cheek' and, of course, 'Top Hat…'.