The Sound of Music's 40th Anniversary

The Sound of Music is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a TV special this week and a special edition DVD. This classic American musical, an enduring guilty pleasure, has something for everyone: the stunning backdrop of the Alps; the story of a nun who...doesn't remain a nun; Rodgers and Hammerstein's indelible score; escaping the Nazis. Here are just a few of my favorite things: the masterful editing of the Doe-a-Deer sequence; the nuns' harmonies at the end of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria"; the sizzling chemistry between Maria and Captain Von Trapp at the party; and Eleanor Parker's catty attempts to hang on to "Georg". The 40th anniversary DVD puts the, er, streusel on the strudel, with an all-new retrospective documentary featuring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer; several featurettes, including "The Von Trapp Family: Harmony and Discord" as seen on A&E; a karaoke singalong (!); and Mia Farrow's (!!) screen test.


In a recent interview, Julie Andrews said that she thinks Cameron Diaz would be perfect for the main role if the movie is ever remade. Of course, we all know that someone in Hollywood will eventually remake the movie; it's inevitable. But Cameron Diaz? I can see her running through the mountains and singing, but wouldn't she just trip, fall on her face, and start to laugh uncontrollably?

Yeah, and she can't sing, either. Remember the karaoke number in My Best Friend's Wedding? (Or was that acting?) But Cameron might probably be better than Mia Farrow. I keep imagining Rosemary, and it just doesn't work.