Episode 757: The Emperor Has No Curtains

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we tackle the film of “The Sound of Music,” which one of us has just seen for the first time!

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Peter Fenzel has never seen The Sound of Music. But Mark Lee has been to see a live production of it recently, so Pete watches it with Mark and Matthew Wrather, and finds in it a latent conflict between Prussian vs Austrian values, a gendered allegory of domination in the political and domestic sphere, and a delightful meal of Schnitzel with Noodles.

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One Comment on “Episode 757: The Emperor Has No Curtains”

  1. Margo #

    If I may be so bold, a good counterpoint to The Sound of Music is the 2019 Terrance Malik Film A Hidden Life, which details the life of an Austrian farmer who declines to swear allegiance to Hilter and also refuses to fight for the Nazis. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well. To me, the film mostly serves as a piece of anthropology about how “ordinary” Austrians lived in the time leading up to and during World War II.


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