Christopher Plummer: a fierce yet tender talent that flourished when he was finally let off the leash

Christopher Plummer: a fierce yet tender talent that flourished when he was finally let off the leashFebruary 6, 2021

The actor remained queasy of the role in The Sound of Music which brought him enduring fame, finally finding his groove aged 80 as a long-closeted father in Mike Mills’s Beginners

  • Christopher Plummer dies aged 91

It is 1938, and the cynical music impresario Max Detweiler is at the lakeside home of his friend Captain Georg von Trapp in Salzburg, where the conversation has turned to the disagreeable subject of the Nazis and Austria’s imminent Anschluss with Germany. “You know I have no political convictions,” shrugs Detweiler evasively. “Can I help it if other people do?” Von Trapp’s responding flash of anger is a genuinely compelling and grownup moment in this movie – the 1965 hit musical The Sound of Music: “Oh, yes, you can help it. You must help it.” Playing Von Trapp, Christopher Plummer’s face becomes fierce and hawkish with contempt for all those who do nothing and allow evil to flourish.

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