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This artful crowd-pleaser continues to reach out to every generation, thanks to expert and unsentimental handling from director Robert Wise (replacing William Wyler) and a magnificent performance from Julie Andrews. She is perfectly cast as Maria, the reluctant nun who discovers her true calling (of course; she's Mary Poppins) as governess to a houseful of youngsters. It still looks lovely, in particular the stunning opening panoramic sweep onto the mountain top and the
Do Re Mi
tour around Salzburg (location-scouted by the uncredited musical genius Roger Edens), and the Rodgers and Hammerstein score is as refreshing as ever. For those who have never seen it, do. For those who love it, no persuasion is needed - it's as fresh and as magical as Andrews's smile.
A cheerful novice nun is employed as governess to the seven children of an austere widower. As she brings light, laughter and a love of all things harmonious to a family previously beset by grief and strict discipline she also falls in love with her employer. But before long, the looming threat of the Second World War jeopardises their happy household. Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker.
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video, DVD and Blu-ray
28 Sep 2007
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