24 movies Guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy

December 6th - The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music  Poster

Year : 1965

Director: Robert Wise

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer.

The Sound of Music

The Hills are alive - with the sound of royalties for the annual Christmas TV repeat fees.

In 1930's Austria, a novice nun named Maria is failing her attempt to become a nun. When a letter is sent to the convent by a widower, Captain Von Trapp, asking for a for a governess for his seven boisterous children, the mother superior decides that Maria should take up the challenge. With the regimented way that the Captain keeps order with the children Maria realises that the childrens behaviour behaviour is a result of their regimented and unhappy. Maria manages to win the children round and the whole household is happy for the first time in along time. Maria and the Captain find themselves falling in love, and despite the problems that will cause (with Maria's religious vows and Captain Von Trapp's existing engagement that needs to be called off) they decide to pursue their feelings and get married. Although their little world is happy, there are storm clouds gathering all over Europe spelling uncertainty and danger for the Captain and his family.

I'll be honest this is not one of my favourite films, but i know it is everyone elses and that it is a quintessential Christmas movie. It is certainly a film that makes me feel Christmassy - its just I don't actually want to watch it. Although I have never consciously sat down to watch the film it has been on TV so many times at Christmas I probably know most of the film word for word - certainly scene by scene anyway. I have got nothing against the film, its a very pleasant film, well made, with some nice songs all allied to a very good story. For me its enough to know that the film exists, and that its on at Christmas as is traditional, and leave me with my memories of being the only one in the household who didn't want to watch it (and this was during the time of only three TV channels and being a one TV household). Bah Humbug indeed.

The Sound of Music is placed at December 6th on our Films guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy (UK edition).

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