This week’s honest book club is a very special film based on a true story set in 1930s Austria. It is the Sound of Music. From the year 1965, Julie Andrews and the late Christopher Plummer dazzled the screen with their opposing personalities. What’s funny to think about while watching is the fact that the local Austrians did not know what film was in production at the time. Before certain scenes were shot, officials had to give notice around town so the locals wouldn’t freak out at the sight of set decorations such as the flag of the third reich. And to this day, most Austrians are not aware of the song ‘Edelweiss’ which -in the film- is said to be such an important song in Austrian culture. What I find most humorous is that throughout production, Christopher Plummer found Julie Andrews’s chiper demeanor incredibly annoying. Perhaps this helped fuel Plummer’s performance as the cynical captain. In the end, Plummer and Andrews remained friends until the end of Plummer’s life. With knowing these facts about the production, let’s see how this influences the way you see the film! The Sound of Music is available to stream on Disney+.
What keeps this film relevant throughout the years are the themes. The triumphant manner in which art can show us the strength we have in overcoming tumultuous times. Danger is a sure thing in life. Opponents as menacing as the third reich are no joke. And yet, when you watch the film you cannot help but feel happy and comforted. I attribute that to being the power of music.
Another aspect I never thought of before my most recent viewing was the truly beautiful scenery captured on location. Take the story out of the film and you’re still left with something I personally could spend hours watching. Beautiful mountains and vibrant towns with simple people living happy lives. I have a hard time imagining what could be better. It’s only a shame more films have not taken notes from this movie.
But what about you?
> Is there a film you can think of that better captures the beauty of nature?
> Do you have a favorite line of dialogue? Because when you pay attention, a lot of this film is just hilarious.
> Most importantly, do you have a favorite song?