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Sound Of Music Historical Review

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A Historical Review of The Sound of MusicI chose to review this movie for many reasons. First of all, because it is one of the better "classic" movies and my mom has always liked it. But most importantly of all my mom owns the movie and I didn't want to pay money to rent a movie. I had seen the movie before, but I was very young at the time and didn't remember a whole lot of it. Probably because I fell asleep half way through the 3 hour movie. I have seen other movies about World War II, but none that have involved this specific area or time in the war. Before I watched the movie, I didn't expect to find that many historical ...view middle of the document...

This places the movie within the years 1923 and 1945. The final date that I arrived at came when they mentioned the Anschluss of Nazi Germany and Austria, which happened March 13, 1938.I was surprised to find that The Sound of Music was actually based on a true story, so there were quite a few historical figures. Maria von Kutschera and Georg von Trapp were the two most accurate historical figures. Maria although accurately portrayed as a nun at the Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, had a few discrepancies. In the movie her last name was Rainer instead of Kutschera and they didn't mention that she was sent there to help care for the captain's daughter who had rheumatic fever. This is also different from history because none of the children were sick. In the movie, she returned to the abbey before she got married to Captain von Trapp in 1938, but in reality, she didn't and married him in 1927. Captain von Trapp was accurately portrayed in the movie as a naval captain who refused duty after the Nazi Germany took over of Austria. He also did have seven children from a previous marriage. The children were all messed up. All of their names were changed in the movie and the oldest child was male and not the girl Leisl.As far as I can tell the rest of the characters were fictional and loosely based on real people of the time. For example, Herr Zeller was an officer for the Nazi's. Although with a partial American bias, I think he fairly accurately portrayed the attitudes of the Nazi party as strict and plotting.

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