(Robert Wise, US 1965, 172 min., 35mm)
The Canon. Sweeping helicopter shots owe everything to this widescreen film as the Austrian countryside fills the screen and Julie Andrews’s voice fills our ears. This enduring story of a novice turned nanny who wins the hearts of her charges—and their father—while outrunning the burgeoning Nazi threat remains one of the defining works in American film. The songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein are deceptively simple, reflecting the attitudes of the children, yet carry sentiments that ring throughout the years. The film was adapted from a stage show that greatly limited the soaring vistas and elegant cinematography evident on the big screen.
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Holidays | The Canon. James Stewart and Donna Reed find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls (modeled on nearby Seneca Falls, New York) by way of a loving, dedicated relationship and a little heavenly intervention.
Holidays | The Canon. No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best (released in the United States simply as A Christmas Carol).
Holidays | The Canon. Crooner Bing Crosby stars as Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley, the easygoing priest who comes from East St. Louis to New York City to bring St. Dominic’s Church out of the dumps.