Very often musicals, successfully marching on the stage, continue to conquer the public in cinemas. Sometimes it happens vice versa – film musicals turn into performances. The story, which will be discussed later, has gone the way from a book to a motion picture, that later has become the basis for theatrical scenario once again returned to the screen, to become one of the most famous musical films in cinema history called “The Sound of Music.”
The film, which, following the slogan, gives the viewer “the happiest sounds on the earth,” is a film adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical telling the viewer the real story that occurred in Austria in the late 30th. The basis of the musical was the book “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp. It included popular songs like “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and also the song is in the title. In 1965, the movie “Sounds of Music” went to the cinemas.
The legend of “The Sound of Music”
The actions take place in Salzburg, Austria on the eve of World War II. In the center of the plot of the film is the story about orphan Maria, who from childhood wanted to go into a nun. When she grew up, she realized that her vocation was different, something more. To help the girl understand herself and the surrounding life, the Mother Abbess sent Maria to work as a governess in the house of the naval retired Captain Georg von Trapp. He was a widower with seven children, who drove out not one governess. And of course, they had no other plans for Maria. However, she managed to find a common language with the guys. The sound of music, the talent to talk spiritually and understand the other person – all this helped the girl to sink into Georg’s heart.
“The sound of music” is based on the real-life story, the memoir of the governess, who later became Frau von Trapp: both the father of the family and the children who fell in love with Maria. This heartening story is about the family involved in historical events of Nazi power and fascist regime in Austria. Such a serious historical context gives the history of von Trapp a special content – the film’s director Robert Wise speaks of love and acceptance, which are above any manifestations of aggression and violence, of music in the world, that is a universal means for an explanation between people.
The triumphal success of the film
It is not surprising that in all parts of the world viewers speak about the film “The Sound of Music” as “the best musical of all times and nations.” The musical has become one of the most commercially successful projects in the history of Hollywood, and in 1966 it became the five-time winner of the Oscar: for the best film, best sound, best direction, best musical adaptation, and best editing. This wonderful musical is a classic work of popular art.
The craftsmanship of producers and directors of the film and various techniques makes this work special among others. This classic film is filled with glorious songs. Unique effects with the sound increase the entertainment of the audience.
So, a touching story based on real events and decorated with simple, intelligible sound of melodies – that’s all you need to create a film musical. In addition, the charming backstage of Salzburg and its suburbs, the magnificent acting of the actors give “The Sound of Music” a magical charm.