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1. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

Hi guys,

Who knows the movie 'Sound of music' and who likes it and why?
Why don't you like it?

Is that the only reason why people know Austria???

When I was in Ireland 3 years ago, it was the first time that I heard about it...

the funny thing is, nobody of us Austrian guys knows it (except u live in Salzburg), but all foreigners do....

so when I went to Salzburg 2 weeks ago I had to watch it in the hostel...
unfortunately I didn't manage to see all of it- got too tired and was too bored and the singing didn't keep me awake
All the others really enjoyed it (but they were from overseas- does it matter?)...

so what did u think about it?
I think it's definitely too long and I would call it a bit 'schmaltzy'

Kathi ;)

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Scenery is beautiful, though. Definately makes a nice travel advertisement for your country.

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Perhaps it is schmaltzy, but that's the style musicals generally follow. The scenery (like Greg mentionned) is gorgeous and does make one want to go to Austria to discover what it's all about. And for the record, I do like the movie. It's sappy but if you like musicals, it's a classic. It's also an inspiring story if you know how the Captain and his family managed to flee Austria when the Nazis took over. Also, I think the romance between Maria and the Captain is really sweet (although very briefly acted out).

4. Posted by clodbod (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

For years, a friend who adored the film, kept on me to see it. Finally I made a deal and said, "If you will watch Gold Finger, I will watch SOM." She is a feminist and the thought of watching a film whose female lead was called Pussy Galore really infuriated her. I did see SOM but cheated and fast forwarded through most of it. Being a horribly lapsed Catholic I nearly fell out of my chair when I realized Mother Superior sang "Climb Every Mountain," as I always thought Julie did the deed. Anyway, it was just too cutsey for me and I have never been a Julie Andrews fan. By the way my friend did watch Gold Finger although with clenched teeth. Something I never quite understood since she adored the Matt Helm films. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

Yeah,
it's right that the musical thing is great and the scenery is even more beautful when u r there....

Nevertheless I think it would be a better movie, if it was shorter (I think the same about Lord of the Rings 3). Maybe it's because I love to exercise and don't like to sit and watch movies all day... ?
whatever...

Kathi

6. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 11y

I grew up with The Sound of Music and I was actually just thinking the other day about trying to find it (I'm at school) so i could watch it again. Maybe it helps that I know pretty much all the songs.... And what do you mean sitting down to watch it. Come on there are some dance scenes... We always got up and danced along :)

I also like the "based on a true story" aspect of it...

7. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Oh, it was such a popular movie in China! The TV stations still show it from time to time as a classic movie. But I went to Salzburg not only for this movie. This is definitely not the only reason for Chinese to know Austria, but it gave us a very very deep impression. Many of my friends believe Austria is a beautiful country with nice people. :)

P.S. There`s another very important movie :Sisi(Queen Elizabeth). It was the fairy tale that I grew up with, even though later I got to know Sisi was not that a lucky woman.

8. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

I loved Sissi when I was little!!!!

the dresses and specially Romy Schneider (the actress) was so pretty!!!

Didn't know, that they showed this movie in other countries!

9. Posted by barby (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

Sissi? Sounds fun! Tell me more! What is it about? I'll have to go on a quest and see if I can track it down here.

I'm huge on the sound of music, though. I'm a big fan of musicals and julie andrews, so I'm slightly biased. Anyways, I grew up on that movie, and it was probably my innitial introduction to Austria, but thats not the only reason I know it.

10. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y

as far as I can remember:

it's about Sissi the empress's daughter, what she went through in her life (very sad story).
And as I said the actress and the guy who's playing her husband- they make a nice couple...she's so beautiful...

unfortunately the actress committed suicide (it happened ages ago)

what I also loved (remember I was at the age of 5): the dresses in the movie... probably that's why I dressed up as a princess all the time

Kathi