I'm going to keep this short because the CineMunch team may or may not be out of the country. But away or not, we can't pass up the chance to weigh in on a movie musical that has enchanted generations of gay lads (and lads and lasses of all stripes) AND that made our top ten moments of this year's Oscars ceremony.
I associate The Sounds of Music with all things light and carefree. From songs on mountaintops to impromptu puppet shows to new play clothes fashioned from drapes, Maria always knew the way to a kid's heart.
And that's why this shot always stood out for me. As a child I missed the sense of dread in the first act, and I tuned out the adult characters' tiresome conversations.
Only here did I finally see that something in their world was very, very wrong.
Georg von Trapp's act of defiance tears the innocence of the film to shreds. This is no drape; it's a symbol he won't allow on his body.
A pity that just when everything came together for the children, their world was upended. But maybe Maria prepared them for that, too.