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.
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The opening scene of Andrews twirling on the mountaintop may look effortless, but it was anything but. Not only was it raining and cold throughout production, the helicopter kept knocking Andrews over. And I mean flattened. It was fine for a couple of takes, but after that you begin to get just a little bit angry… And I really tried. The Sound of Music , based on two German films about the von Trapp family as well as a memoir by Maria von Trapp , opened on Broadway in to tepid critical reviews. In , Hammerstein died from stomach cancer. The last song he wrote was "Edelweiss.
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The Sound of Music , American musical film , released in , that reigned for five years as the highest-grossing film in history. The nearly three-hour-long movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five, including those for best picture and best director. The Sound of Music , which takes place during the late s, opens on a sweeping view of the Austrian Alps and a young woman, Maria played by Julie Andrews , singing. When she hears church bells, she hurries back to the abbey, where she is a postulant, but she arrives too late for the church service. She tries to explain herself to the Mother Abbess Peggy Wood , who tells her that she is to take up a position as governess to the seven children of the widowed former naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp Christopher Plummer. When she arrives to take up her post, she learns that the captain requires military discipline from his children ranging in age from 5 to 16 and expects the same from Maria. The following day the captain leaves on a trip to Vienna.
The film is an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name , composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman , adapted from the stage musical's book by Lindsay and Crouse. Based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp , the film is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg , Austria , in who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. The film was released on March 2, , in the United States, initially as a limited roadshow theatrical release. Although critical response to the film was mixed, the film was a major commercial success, becoming the number one box office movie after four weeks, and the highest-grossing film of
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.