CHARLES GRAHAM - The sound of dissent won’t knock a classic

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I HAVEN’T scoured the Christmas television schedules just yet, but I can bet your bottom dollar that The Sound of Music will be screened at some point on some channel or other.

A perennial family favourite ever since it came out in 1965, it also has a large and avid following of folk who dress as nuns and frequently pack out cinemas for sing-alongs with the famous movies.

Well, I’m not sure I would ever go that far in my enthusiasm, but I’ve always found The Sound of Music a very charming film.

Yes it does have its schmaltzy moments but like the best of musicals (I don’t like many), it avoids an overdose of saccharin by having darker undertones. In this instance it is the Nazis and impending war. Oh and many of the songs are among the catchiest ever written too.

But a surprising voice of dissent gave the film a real drubbing this week.

In interview Christopher Plummer described his part as Captain von Trapp as “awful” and the toughest acting challenge of his career. He also called the film “sentimental and gooey” and said his name for it was The Sound of Mucus!

Now 81, Plummer is perfectly entitled to his view which some might find refreshingly subversive.

But maybe he’s taking musicals too seriously. In any case I doubt his words will do much to damage the renown of a five-star classic.