Oct 22 2011

The Sound of Music – Unplugged

Tonight we watched the Sound of Music. (Millie’s First Time) The film was first released in 1965, and is the third highest grossing film of all time, behind Gone With the Wind and Star Wars. It is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Famly Singers, who had a successful career in Austria (winning the 1936 Salsburg Festival), and later in America. The basis of he story is true. Maria Kutschera actually was an orphan training to be a nun., When aged 22,  she was sent from the Abbey to be he governess at the house of a widower and retired Naval captain, Georg Von Trapp. She subsequently fell in love with his children and married their father. Von Trapp was against the Nazis, such that after the Austrian Anschluss (annexation) he and his family were forced to flee Austria. Of course, the film does differ from fact in many respects – particularly in the portrayal of the characters of Maria and Georg. They were in fcat married for 10 years before leaving Salburg, and didn’t escape by foot over the alps (luckily, because Salsburg is a very long way from Switzerland. In fact, they all simly caught a train to Italy, having per-arranged a singing tour of America. The National Archives of America has chronicled the story of the Family Von Trapp and in this 2005 article compares their real story with that portrayed in the film. As is often the case, the true story is the more interesting.http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2005/winter/von-trapps.html

One Response to “The Sound of Music – Unplugged”

  1. Rosi Rabbit says:

    I can’t believe its taken all of over 10 years for Millie to be able to watch ‘The Sound’. Hugs and Tubs have been watching it since they could walk. This as well as, Dr Doolittle, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins et al. How can you go pass the Giant Snail or Truly Scrumptous…..

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