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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!