What is the sound of music about
The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time by Tom SantopietroOn March 2, 1965, The Sound of Music was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the moviegoing public in the way that The Sound of Music did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodeling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate Sound of Music fan book with all the inside dope from behind the scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the Cleopatra bankrupted 20th Century Fox. We all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? Tom Santopietro knows and will tell all while providing a historian’s critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman, a look at the critical controversy which greeted the movie, the film’s relationship to the turbulent 1960s and the super stardom which engulfed Julie Andrews. Tom Santopietros The Story of The Sound of Music is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.
The Sound of Music (1965) Cast Then and Now - 2018
The Sound of Music
Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in , the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel , opened in  and won five Tony Awards , including Best Musical, out of nine nominations. The first London production opened at the Palace Theatre in The show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then.
The film's producer, Robert Wise, expressed very clearly to the von Trapps that he was not making a documentary but rather a dramatic film of which all parties could feel a sense of pride. The core of the film was true. A year-old Maria von Trapp had indeed been in training to become a nun in a Salzburg Abbey. The Abbess sent her to be a tutor to the children of widowed naval commander Georg von Trapp. The family became well-known as The Von Trapp Family Choir, and left their homeland around the time of the German annexation of Austria. But some key differences remain.
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When the movie hit cinemas in , it was a blockbuster from the beginning and won 5 Oscars 10 nominations. For millions of people from all over the world, the film is a successful combination of the moving story, accompanied by musical elements and scenes of the breath-taking landscapes in Salzburg. Even today, the film is one of the three most successful productions of all time. Mother Abbess, a very wise woman, thinks Maria might be better suited for life outside the convent and decides to sends her to Captain von Trapp's villa to act as a governess for his seven children. Upon arriving at the villa, Maria is surprised at the military discipline in which the children are held by their father, a noble and widowed naval officer. She discovers she is the latest of many governesses that the children have already driven away. Maria takes a different approach to the children.