The Sound of Music Essay

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The sound of Music; a timeless classic The sound of music is an American musical film, based on the Broadway musical ‘The sound of music’. It was directed by Robert Wise and released in 1965. It won 5 Oscars and it was nominated for another 5 Oscars. (IMDB, 2012) The lead character of governess Maria was played by Julie Andrews, who started out as a Broadway actress, but gained international fame by her roles in ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Sound of Music’. (Weber, 1992) The story takes place in Austria, where retired naval officer Captain von Trapp is looking for a governess for his seven children. Maria is a nun who keeps breaking the rules and is therefore send out of the convent to become von Trapp’s new governess. Maria makes live for the children fun with music and playtime, something they were not used to. Captain von Trapp has at that time a relationship with a wealthy baroness but slowly falls for the quirky Maria. It seems to be a happy ending but when the captain and Maria return from their honeymoon, the captain is called out to join the German army to fight for Nazi Germany. Captain von Trapp is not willing to join the German army so after a musical performance he, Maria and the children escape through the hills to Switzerland. (IMBD, 2012) The director of ‘The Sound of Music’, Robert Wise has had an impressive career. He gained fame as an editor for ‘Citizen Kane’. He won his first Oscar as best director for ‘West Side Story’ in 1961, his second as producer when the film also won in the ‘Best Film’ category. His third and fourth Oscar were with ‘The Sound of Music’. In 1988 Wise received the D.W. Griffith award, the highest honor of the Directors Guild of America. Robert Wise passed away in 2005. (NY Times, 2005) In the sixties, many film studios such as 20th Century Fox struggled to compete with television. (Gorman and McLean, p. 153, 2005)

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