Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Down Memory Lane...Again, via Sound Of Music!

Picture courtesy: Pixie

We watched this movie, 'Sound of music', a 1965 movie, again, yesterday when my nieces came home! We keep watching this movie, Gods Must Be Crazy II and some other movies which are not serious ones but very interesting, often! We can continue chatting while watching these movies! All the songs in this movie are beautiful and we can keep on hearing them again and again, like we do at home, now!

I had already done a post on one song from this movie, though the scene was not from the movie, but was very interesting, here, it is!

I am posting a song from this movie, in which they show a puppet show, titled 'The lonely Goatherd'. More than the song, I loved the way the puppets 'acted' with expression! I loved their huge moving eyes and the dance, superb! Watch every frame keenly...very very interesting! I got the lyrics of the song too, here!

These types of puppets are called Marionettes. Wikipedia says, 'Marionettes are sometimes referred to as "puppets", but the term "marionettes" is more precise, distinguishing them from other forms of puppetry, such as finger, glove, rod and shadow puppetry.' In normal puppet, the eyes do not move, just the hands, legs etc. move. The faces will turn, that is all.

Bil Baird and Cora Baird are the puppeteers in this movie. Their biography says, 'Bil Baird and his wife, Cora Baird, the driving forces behind the Bil & Cora Baird Puppets, were pioneer entertainers in U.S. TV, when commercial television in the States was taking its first baby steps. Much of what early viewers could view on that seven-inch screen, with its eerie, whitish glow in a darkened room where a family gathered round to watch in wonder, had come from radio. But the Bairds' medium - their marionettes - was strictly visual, and the audience was regaled. You can know more interesting information about marionettes in the wikipedia link for Marionettes, given in the above paragraph.

In the 1950s, Bil Baird and Cora Eisenberg presented a great number of marionette shows for television, and were also responsible for the Lonely Goatherd, from the classic film, The Sound of Music. Bil Baird also wrote a classic book on his work . In Australia, a program called Mr.Squiggle, using a marionette central character of the same name, ran for just over 40 years (1959–1999).

Now, watch the video again and again and tell me how you feel!


Deeps said...

The Lonely Goatherd is my favorite song from the movie! So beautifully picturized too.

Sound of Music is a cult movie, my all time favorite.

Didnt the difference between marionettes and puppets until you said it. Thank you so much for sharing, Sandhya :)

Now am off to watch 'The Lonely Goatherd' again :)

Sandhya said...

Deeps: Everytime I watch this movie, I find new new interesting things! This time I was fascinated by this puppet song and saw it again and again and wanted to know more about it! So, the post!

Thank you, Deepu! Tell me what Namnam says!

Deeps said...

I surely will, sandhya :) Namnam loves Do a deer a female deer though and hums it even at times. In fact I tried to show the movie to her about a year back, but she didnt sit through it. Thats one movie I'd like her to watch whenever she is ready! Its such a beautiful movie, isnt it?

Sandhya said...

Deeps: Yes,this one is an evergreen movie! I started taking my sons to movies after they were around 3 years old. I had written about it in my earlier post on this movie which is quoted in this post. But they followed this movie, Snow White, Jungle Book etc. after they watched it again, after a few more years!

I took them to a Charlie Chaplin movie too, but they became restless after some time...it was my mistake to take them to that movie, when they were too small!

kavita said...

Sound Of Music and Marry Poppins is my family's all time favorite .My daughter once requested me to stitch clothes out of our curtains for her and her brother.The puppet song is beautiful and thanks for telling us about marionnettes and puppets.I love to know things like this.

Bikramjit said...

:) the sound of music AH HA .. brings a smile everytime ..

and the difference I never noticed .. :) thank you ..


wordsndreamz said...

It is indeed a lovely movie! The somgs, I find it hard to pick a favourite, makes it that much more special, I think..

We watched it again recently, and have to say, it still feels wonderful to watch it :)

Shail said...

Sandhya, thoroughly enjoyed watching it again. :) So much fun!

R. Ramesh said...

i luv gods must be crazy type movies..hey am not able to open videos here..will check again later..cheers

Destination Infinity said...

I have not seen the movie, but the puppet show is awesome! I am not sure how they managed that dance. I will see the movie sometime...

Destination Infinity

Swaram said...

One of my alllll time fav movies Sandhya :) And as I read ur post, I got up and played the DVD again :P
Thanks for letting me know abt the marionettes :)

kanagu said...

wanted to watch this movie for a long time.. will ty to watch by this weekend and come back to comment :)

manjujoglekar said...

Yes, Sound of Music is a lovely movie! I watched it first as a child myself, and loved it then. I still enjoy it whenever I watch it!

The marionettes are fascinating- thanks for the information about them.

Sandhya said...

Kavita: We replayed the puppet song again and again to watch the puppets' eyes on that day and the next day! We loved their dance too and then I thought of doing a post on that and researched a bit. Came to know about the marionnetts!

Bikram: You can keep on watching this movie with the family! We will never get bored!

wordsndreamz: We too never get bored to watch this movie again and again, Pallavi!

Shail: Yes, it is fun to watch the puppets' expression, Shail!

Ramesh: You family will love this movie, try it!

Destination Infinity: This movie has romance with some war time incidents. Better watch it with family...songs are good too!

Yes, the puppets are too good!

Swaram: Happy to know that you enjoyed the video and movie, Swaram! This movie will make everyone happy!

Kanagu: Sure, you watch and come back to comment!

Nice seeing you here and why am I not seeing any of your posts for the past more than a month now?!

Manju: We keep on watching it whenever we are bored, Manju! Nice to know that you are also a fan of this movie!

Yes, I was curious about the way the puppets' eyes moved and the way they danced, so researched a bit! Really, interesting and this is a 1965 movie!

Ashwini Sriram said...

Had so much fun watching this movie (again) in your house Maami! I think the first time I watched it was also in your house! I get goosebumps when I hear the Yodel in the Goatherd song. "How do you solve a problem like Maria" is another brilliant composition. I wonder if there will ever be another movie to beat the Sound of Music.

Sandhya said...

Ashwini: Old English musicals are fun to watch always, Ashwini!

We enjoyed your company at home too, girl!

UmaS said...

Sound of music is one of my fav movies too....and I've watched it many a times, whenever I am bored really.... :)

Thats one cute puppetry and thanks for all that info....so much goes into making one song... :)

Sandhya said...

UmaS: I know that it is difficult to read so many backlogs of posts when you go on leave! Thanks for commenting here!

Everybody loves Sound of Music!

Usha Pisharody said...

Yodellleehiiii :D
A firm favourite. Showed it to Class 6 children last year... they had a song in one of their texts :)

Sandhya said...

USHA PISHARODY: This is such an old film but we are able to enjoy every frame even now! The songs are simple and melodious.

In my niece's mehandi, all the children sang Do re mi together and we, adults also asked for the lyrics and joined in. It was like singing our own filmy songs!

Thanks for the comments, Usha!

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