When the Sound of Music was released in 1965 it took the world by storm, earning five Oscars. For millions of people, the film is the rare combination of a powerful and moving story, first rate music, and breathtaking scenery of Salzburg. The musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. At the film's exciting conclusion, he and Maria decide to flee from Austria with the children.
The Sound of Music is a wonderful example of the kind of high-quality and virtue-rich content that can be produced when the culture is more immersed in a Christian worldview. This film offers great music, entertaining humor, exciting drama, warm and generous nuns...and an affirmation of the deep and enduring value of marriage and family as the source of strength in society.
The SoundofMusic.com offers a robust collection of information about the film and so much more! Start your research to plan a trip to Salzburg to see where the story was based and where the family lived. Discover backstory of the characters, the culture and even recipes that relate to one of the songs! Read More
This review, penned in honor of the film's 50th anniversary, shares observations on the Catholic milieu that joyfully permeates the Sound of Music movie. Read More
Common Sense Media gives a good mix of information about the film and why families enjoy it. Read More
Near the end of the film, the family faces life-threatening peril within the context of Nazis moving in to control Austria. Younger viewers might be frightened by this.