The Sound of Music
Forty three years after its premiere, the hills are still alive with “The Sound of Music”. The beloved musical staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer has inspired late night re-releases in theaters where the audience arrives in costume and sings along. There is even a popular tour of exteriors used in the film that has visitors flocking to Salzburg, Austria. Most recently there has been some hype about this musical, because of it’s remake starring Carrie Underwood. This is not a review on how that version holds up to the original, it is simply what “The Sound of Music” meant to me as a child.
The Von Trapp family, is run in a military style, by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely widowed naval officer. Seeing how badly he and his children need companionship, he proposes to the Baroness Schraeder (Eleanor Parker), a calculating, mutual friend of beloved family friend Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn). It is the baroness who soon realizes that our protagonist Maria–with her warmth and love for the children–is whom The Captain really loves.
It is nearly bliss for the newly formed family who loves to sing together–except for the cloud looming over their beloved Austrian horizon: Hitler is ascending to power, forcing Captain Von Trapp to decide whether to join the Nazi party (which he loathes) or force his family to leave their home forever.
The songs of the Sound of Music keep on playing in my head. The Sound of Music is a classic movie which will never grow old. I saw this film when I was a little kid around 5 years old, and never grew tired of watching it from start to end. I’ve watched it so many times that I can’t keep track anymore.
Being the little kid that I was, my favorite parts were the singing.. and of course the puppet show. I used to sleep on the conversational parts especially the part when the Baroness, Captain Von Trapp and Uncle Max were driving home. That was very uncomfortable for me in my young age, also during the time when Maria had to go back to the convent to seek Mother Superior’s advice. When I watch this movie now, I realized that those ‘boring’ parts were actually important. They contain a lot more than what we give them credit for.