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Fifty years after its unencumber, The Sound of Music (1965) continues to be the main ecocnomic and recognisable movie musical ever made. fast consolidating its cultural authority, the Hollywood movie quickly eclipsed the German movie and Broadway musical that preceded it to develop into essentially the most renowned cultural reference issues of the twenty-first century.

In this clean exploration, Caryl Flinn foregrounds the film's iconic musical numbers, arguing for his or her relevant position within the film's durability and mass charm. Stressing the original emotional bond audiences identify with The Sound of Music, Flinn lines the film's prehistories, its position among the tumultuous political, social and cultural occasions of the Sixties, and its lively afterlife between lovers round the world.

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