The 1965 classic tells the story of Maria (Julie Andrews), a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become the governess to seven children of a widowed naval officer. It has long been a favorite in Adventist circles and now joins a list of Sabbath-approved titles that had previously been dominated by low-budget nature videos set to elevator music. The announcement led to an outpouring of joy by Adventists young and old celebrating the news.
Gwenneth Jones, 96, described the decision as the “biggest victory of my life,” sharing how she lobbied for decades for the movie to take its “rightful place next to Charlton Heston’s The 10 Commandments.”
“We are ecstatic to give Sound of Music the recognition it deserves,” said the Biblical Research Institute spokesperson, Milton Longton. “It’s taken years of discussion and painstaking study but we know that it was worth the wait.”
The institute explained its reasoning for the movie’s Sabbath worthiness despite the fact that the film has nuns in it. Integral to its thinking was the fact that “Maria LEAVES the abbey and its papist trappings for a life of singing and service.”
The researchers also offered some specific viewing guidelines to enhance the Sabbath-worthiness of the film. Topping this list were strict instructions to fast-forward through what they called the “steamy garden scenes.”
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