Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sound of Music : still faboulas at 50

Sound of Music : still faboulas at 50

It’s the film which taught kids around the world " how to sing ", it captivated an entire generation of movie goers and melted our hearts with the beautiful love story of a nun and a captain in the Austrian Navy. Fifty years ago, The Sound of Music - the movie based on a successful Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical ,premiered in New York on March 2nd 1965.

Sound of Music is one of my most favorite movies . It is still a delight to watch even after so many years .It is a movie which captivates the audience and makes everyone immediately fall in love with " all the favorite things "......the story-book Austrian scenery, the nuns’ chanting, charisma and stunning voice of a 29-year-old Julie Andrews, the motherless  Von  Trapp children , mesmerizing songs and the captivating romantic story against the back drop of war.

The film Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg , Austria since then this beautiful city has become a famous tourist attraction.

It is based on the memoir of Maria  von Trapp, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers". The film is based on a true story and maybe that is the reason why it appeals to the people who watch it. It is the story of Maria who is sent as a nanny to look after the kids of Captain Von Trapp whose wife has died and whose seven kids are a challenge to handle . Maria not only takes care of them , tries to solve their problems , teaches them to sing and most importantly loves them like a friend . Every one is captivated by her caring nature , also the Captain who secretly falls in love with her.
He breaks off his engagement, and subsequently declare his love for Maria as did she ;  soon after, the two are married in an elaborate ceremony.
Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as "Edelweiss", "These are a few of my Favorite Things", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music".

The Captain strongly opposed to Nazism, he tells his family they must leave Austria. As the von Trapp family attempts to leave during the night, they are stopped by Nazi guards . They lie to the guards, claiming they are performing in the Salzburg Festival. The family takes part in the contest and slip away during their final number, seeking shelter from the Nazi guards at the abbey cemetery. They are discovered hiding by Rolfe a former messenger boy who threatens to shoot the Captain. The Captain is able to persuade him to escape with them, but Rolfe calls for assistance. After the family escapes in a waiting car, the Nazis try to chase them but their cars fail to start, having been sabotaged by the nuns. In the final scene the Von Trapp family hikes over the Alps to get into Switzerland and to freedom .

The film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released in 1965 . The Sound of Music earned 10 Oscar nominations, winning five - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.
It displaced another classic "Gone with the Wind" as the highest-grossing film of all- time.

Lady Gaga performed at the Oscars last week ( in 2015) in a special 50th anniversary tribute to "The Sound of Music." Julie Andrews who is 79 years old now joined her on stage .