Notwithstanding the eventual conflicts outside the captain’s demeanor (and the expected love triangle with the baroness and Von Trapp), dipping into the historical severity of the Anschluss, Nazis, and World War II, the film is supremely upbeat, happy, and hopeful.
It’s a spectacular treat to see a musical tackle poignant subject matter with a sinister backdrop without betraying the festiveness of its fantasy purpose.
Essentially, the story is true, it is taken from real occurrences, and the Von Trapp family was real. Her name was Maria Augusta von Kutschera, and she did belong to the Nonnberg Abby in Salzburg.
However, the Abby sent her to the von Trapp's to help Captain von Trapp nurse his eldest daughter, who had rheumatic fever.
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Therefore, the story is essentially true, but the film took fictional license with much of the truth of the story.
In reality, the family lost all their money during the 1930s because of the Depression, and they began putting on musical shows around Europe as a way to earn money.
They took trains through the Austrian Alps, crossing the border to It...
he oft parodied, exquisitely majestic opening sequence is perhaps the most stunning shot of the entire film, grandiosely introducing star Julie Andrews as nun Maria, twirling through the hills of Salzburg, Austria in the 1930s.