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Movie vs. Reality: The Real Story of the von Trapp Family
Old 11-05-2021, 12:43 PM
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I found this interesting. It was a favorite movie of mine.


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Old 11-05-2021, 05:31 PM
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What an interesting read. Thanks for posting. It brought back memories:

I too loved The Sound of Music as a child. My mom & Oma ate from Germany and weve spent time in Salzburg when I was younger. My Oma took my cousin and I to stay at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont when I was a kid.
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Old 11-05-2021, 07:47 PM
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loved the article.

My dad attended one of the monasteries featured in the film outside of Salzburg for "Hoch Schule." It looked identical to the one Maria attended and was located very near to the family farm where he grew up in. Obviously he did not become a monk. Hitler closed the monasteries and convents last before his demise or defeat.
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Old 11-06-2021, 03:12 AM
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I attended Hoch Schule in Germany as well. Although I lived in Bavaria and it was in the 90s. No monasteries for me

Its nice to see how small the world is sometimes.
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Old 11-06-2021, 07:26 AM
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It surely is. I think back in the 1950's there were so many cultural clubs and that's where my parents met. The German club met in downtown Los Angeles. My mom is from northern Germany . . .so different than Austria.


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Old 11-06-2021, 08:32 AM
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I remember reading the book when I was younger and these two changes were the ones that annoyed me the most, though I grudgingly understood the movie-making thought that led to the changes.

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Georg, far from being the detached, cold-blooded patriarch of the family who disapproved of music, as portrayed in the first half of The Sound of Music, was actually a gentle, warmhearted parent who enjoyed musical activities with his family. While this change in his character might have made for a better story in emphasizing Maria's healing effect on the von Trapps, it distressed his family greatly.
The family did not secretly escape over the Alps to freedom in Switzerland, carrying their suitcases and musical instruments. As daughter Maria said in a 2003 interview printed in Opera News, "We did tell people that we were going to America to sing. And we did not climb over mountains with all our heavy suitcases and instruments. We left by train, pretending nothing."
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