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Sound Of Music Essay

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Research Paper: The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is an American Musical Film. Being released in 1965 The Sound of Music was directed and produced by Robert Wise, although he was not the first choice, he did indeed proved to be the best. It won five Oscars and it was nominated for another Five (The Sound of Music). Richard Rodgers wrote the music with the lyrics done by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family, who escaped Nazi-ruled Austria in 1938, this film dominated the 1965 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Score Adaptation and Editing (The Sound of Music (1965)).
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During the 1965 film, The lead character, governess Maria, was played by Julie Andrews, who started out as a Broadway actress, but gained international fame by her roles in ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ (Weber). Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born 1 October 1935) is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer. She is the recipient of Academy Award, Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Grammy Award, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, and Theatre World Award (“Julie Andrews”). In 2000, she was made a Dame for services to the performing arts by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace (“Julie Andrews”).
Another lead character in this film was Captain Von Trapp, otherwise known as Christopher Plummer. Plummer remains one of the most respected and honored actors in the English Language. Plummer remains one of the most respected and honored actors performing in the English language. According to IMBD he has won two Emmy Awards out of six nominations stretching 46 years from 1959 and 2005, and one Genie Award in five nominations from 1980 to 2004. IMBD also stated that for his stage work, Plummer has racked up two Tony Awards on six nominations, the first in 1974 as Best Actor (Musical) for the title role in "Cyrano" and the second in 1997, as Best Actor (Play), in "Barrymore" (Christopher Plummer).
The director of ‘The Sound of Music’, Robert Wise has had an impressive career. He gained fame as an editor for ‘Citizen Kane’. He won his first Oscar as best director for ‘West Side Story’ in 1961, his second as producer when the film also won in the ‘Best Film’ category. His third and fourth Oscar was with ‘The Sound of Music’. In 1988 Wise received the D.W. Griffith award, the highest honor of the Directors Guild of America. Robert Wise passed away in 2005 (NY Times, 2005).
The story takes place in Austria, where retired naval officer Captain von Trapp is looking for a governess for his seven children. Maria is a nun who keeps breaking the rules and is therefore send out of the convent to become von Trapp’s new governess. Maria makes live for the children fun with music and playtime, something they were not used to. Captain von Trapp has at that time a relationship with a wealthy baroness but slowly falls for the quirky Maria. It seems to be a happy ending but when the captain and Maria return from their honeymoon, the captain is called out to join the German army to fight for Nazi Germany. Captain von Trapp is not willing to join the German army so after a musical performance he, Maria and the children escape through the hills to Switzerland. (The Sound Of Music)
The Sound of Music was filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria; the state of Bavaria in Germany and at the 20th Century Fox studios in California, USA. It was photographed in 70mm Todd-AO format by Ted D. McCord (The Sound of Music (film)). The opening scene and aerial shots were filmed in Anif (Anif Palace), Mondsee, and Salzkammergut (Fuschl am...

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