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 Posted:   Nov 1, 2009 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)


Well.....I was in the Army, stationed in Germany in 1965, and I saw THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the local theatre in a first-run engagement and it was intact as it is now, with no cuts.


Thanks so much for the real story here!

I always kind of figured that was a tall tale, but I had never found anyone to dispute our tour guide's story. I'm grateful for the detail you went into as well, interesting that they redid the vocals so thoroughly. When I was in Germany another time, I bought soundtrack albums for MULAN and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, also with instrumentals identical to the American, but German vocals, kinda cool.

From what you remember, did people seem to care at all about the Nazi elements in the final portion of the film? It was in the fairly recent past then, I'd imagine it must have made for some uncomfortable conversations between kids and the parents who brought them to see the film.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2009 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)


Well.....I was in the Army, stationed in Germany in 1965, and I saw THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the local theatre in a first-run engagement and it was intact as it is now, with no cuts.


Thanks so much for the real story here!

I always kind of figured that was a tall tale, but I had never found anyone to dispute our tour guide's story. I'm grateful for the detail you went into as well, interesting that they redid the vocals so thoroughly. When I was in Germany another time, I bought soundtrack albums for MULAN and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, also with instrumentals identical to the American, but German vocals, kinda cool.

From what you remember, did people seem to care at all about the Nazi elements in the final portion of the film? It was in the fairly recent past then, I'd imagine it must have made for some uncomfortable conversations between kids and the parents who brought them to see the film.



The story about the cut was reported in Variety, as I recall. It may be apocryphal and simply found its way into print.

Along the same lines, I don't believe "The King and I" (or "Anna and the King of Siam") have ever passed the board of censors in Thailand. I know that the Armed Forces Radio service had the score/cast album music from that show/movie on its list of "banned" items not to be played over the air at military installations in Thailand.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2009 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

Watching this film - yet again - on sky tonight. Made me hunt for this thread.

Decent enough movie, which gets through a lot of story and elements even though -as William McCrum said above, it doesnt have time to build up much in the way of characters because it covers so much. It was quite groundbreaking at the time to show both the american and japanese perspective of things.
As for the score? Wow. I could never get over how Jerry could always take a project and deliver something special that pushed it to its full potential. William also mentioned about how Goldsmith nailed scores with an oriental flavour, and mixed it with his typical war film scoring - and he's right. For me there was never a stone unturned in jerry's pursuit of excellence - many will remember that little line on the LP notes for The Chairman which talks about how he even used rice on the drums to create the correct realistic effect. I think Tora is a great, probably underrated score which moves the tension and the slow build up and the linking of the snapshots very well.

 
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