This is one of my favorite movies. My friend had a DVD and he gave to me. Still I don’t know how many times I have seen it. Such a beautiful musical movie. Whenever I get time, I listen to the songs from “The sound of music”. “My favorite things”, “I am sixteen going on seventeen”, “So long farewell” and “do-re-me” are my favorite songs in this movie. It is heard that the movie is based on a real incident.
This is the summary of the movie
A novice in a strict Salzburg Abbey, Maria loves the beauty of nature and always forgets about religious duties. She�s always late for prayers and mass. The senior nuns always think �How to solve a problem like Maria?� But they also agree that Maria taught them love. She�s such an enthusiastic lady. She�s always very active and energetic. Mother Abbess thinks Maria is suiting for life outside the convent and very kind to Maria. Once gets a chance, she decides to sends Maria to Captain von Trapp�s house to work as a tutor for his seven children.
Captain von Trapp is a widower and brought up his children in a military discipline. I really laughed when the children came one by one in a parade to introduce them to Maria. They all wear uniform at home also. Maria really surprised by seeing all these. Except the youngest one, all the others didn�t like her at the first meeting. She finds out that she is the newest of many tutors that the children have already driven away.
But the first day itself Maria can get the support of the children by her soft attitude and music. The very next day, Captain goes to get her fianc�e. Thus Maria become very close to the children. She made them dresses from the costly curtain materials used in captain�s house. She teaches them to sing and dance. It was a new experience for the children. A puppet show arranged by the children really surprises the captain. Actually he also was a good singer. After his wife�s death, he never practices anything. Captain presents Baroness Schroeder as his fianc�e to his children.
Children don�t like the new lady. During a ball, Maria gets a chance to dance with the captain in front of all the guests and while dancing she discovers her feelings for the captain. Captain also feels something. Baroness Schroeder wants Maria to leave the Trapp Villa immediately. She runs backs to the convent. The children suffer Maria’s loss and think ways to bring her back. They go to convent and beg. But she refuses to go back. She confesses her love to the Mother Abbess and she encourages her to go back. Baroness Schroeder realizes that the captain also has some feelings for Maria and leaves. In the presence of 7 children Maria gets married the captain in the same church where she practiced to become a nun.
When they come back from their honeymoon, the Nazis conquered Austria and force captain to do naval service. Captain refuses it and wanted to escape with his family in the darkness. But the force was there around the villa. After begging, they got a chance to participate in a chorus festival (for that they have registered before) at the Salzburg Festival Hall. The police also accompany them there. Captain and family sing a song which is a contribution to their beloved country before they leave it forever. The von Trapps make a dramatic escape after the singing. During prize distribution only the police came to know that the captain and family have escaped. They goes to Maria’s Abbey and with the help of nuns hiding in the cemetery. The last scene shows the Trapp family climbing the Alps. I felt it�s symbolic. It�s a climbing to the new life and independence,
Julie Andrews’s Maria is such a nice character. I think she only sang the songs of this movie. A talented cast. The captain, children, nuns etc made their part well. Nice music and songs, beautiful landscapes and sentimental story. “The Sound Of Music” won the Academy Awards for Best Picture of 1965 and Best Director. Try to see the movie if you get a chance. Surely you also will like it.