I got a special edition of the DVD with a bouns documentary and the extra facts were very interesting but of course my favorite part was the movie itself.
Its one of those that I could watch over and over again... I think a unique thing about "Sound of Music" is it has a perfect mix of music and acting.
Some films like, "My Fair Lady" while classics and wonderful movies have to much singing or rather the selections are to big. You find yourself hoping that they will stop singing and get on with the movie... but everything blends perfeclty in "Sound of Music."
Okay, here's a bit of useless information about the Sound of Music.
Charmian Carr who played the eldest daughter, Liesl, sprained her ankle quite badly during the final rehearsal. Following numerous pain-killing injections, she danced around the gazebo like a 16-going-on-17-year-old!
I was in Salzburg when I was 18 (yes, I used to be that young once upon a time:-)) and tourist interest was very high indeed at that time. So high, in fact, the local authority had a leaflet printed in several languages, giving information on several of the sites where shooting took place.
Quite a lot of footage for the film was shot in Salzburg, but very little used. In fact, there is only one complete scene (a few seconds worth) in the entire film. That is when the Germans rolled into the square in front of the cathedral. Anything else which is supposed to represent Salzburg was filmed at other towns and villages around the area. No interiors were shot anywhere near Salzburg and, the mansion itself is quite a long way away, but still within the Lunt of Salzburg (Lunt is basically like a county).
As for the film, made between 1964 and 1965, I must agree that it is one of the finest musicals ever made. A thoroughly enjoyable movie in which every single song is relevant to the action, as well as being a good stand-alone song. And, the other great thing about it is that, whilst considerable "poetic license" was taken with the story, it is based on truth. Maria herself approved of the film, with some reservations.
In fact, Maria wrote a book about their story, which I used to have until it fell apart through over use.
Thats neat that you actually got to go there! One of the special features of the DVD is a mini documentary Charmian Carr did about the filming of the movie and Salzburg! It was filmed at the making of the movie and is quite interesting!
Can I steal Natasha's role as queen of polls for a little while and start a mini-survey here? What's everyone's favourite song from SOM?
Hello Someone and Natasha!
Having given this question some thought since I read it this morning, I must choose "Climb Every Mountain" because of the lyrics. This song conveys a strong message for young singers hoping to succeed in the music business, e.g. Natasha and Crystal, and it would certainly make a very appropriate anthem for Hayley.