“The Sound of Music” is a classic musical movie that has captured the hearts of many. It tells the story of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria. This movie is beloved by many, but what is the real story behind “The Sound of Music”? In this article, we will explore the history and true events that inspired this iconic movie.
The Real Maria Von Trapp
The character of Maria in “The Sound of Music” was played by Julie Andrews, but the real Maria Von Trapp was quite different. Maria was born in Austria in 1905 and was a novice at a Benedictine convent when she was sent to be a governess to the Von Trapp family. She later married the widowed Captain Von Trapp and had three children with him before they fled Austria.
The True Story Of The Von Trapp Family
The Von Trapp family did exist, and they did escape Nazi-occupied Austria. However, the events portrayed in the movie are not entirely accurate. The family did not climb over the Alps to freedom, but rather took a train to Italy. Additionally, they did not perform a concert at the Salzburg Festival before they left Austria, as the festival was not held until after they had left.
The Making Of The Movie
“The Sound of Music” was released in 1965 and was an instant hit. It won five Academy Awards and became the highest-grossing movie of all time. The movie was based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which was itself based on the book “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Von Trapp.
The Legacy Of “The Sound Of Music”
“The Sound of Music” has had a lasting impact on popular culture. The songs from the movie, such as “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things,” are still beloved today. The movie has been adapted into stage productions and has been referenced in countless other movies and TV shows. It has even inspired tours of Salzburg, Austria, where much of the movie was filmed.
While “The Sound of Music” may not be entirely accurate, it has captured the hearts of millions and has become a cultural icon. The real story of the Von Trapp family is still inspiring, and the movie has brought their story to a wider audience. “The Sound of Music” will always be remembered as one of the greatest musical movies of all time.