The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1965. But here are the facts you're probably familiar with. Let's look a little deeper into the movie to celebrate this landmark anniversary
The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1965 while breaking box office records and supplanting Gone With the Wind as the highest-grossing film of all time.
But those are the facts you're probably familiar with. Let's look a little deeper into the movie to celebrate this landmark anniversary
1. The Writer Missed The Premiere :The Sound of Music and the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name are based on Maria Von Trapp's 1949 memoir The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers. But the author missed the film premiere, stating "When I didn't hear anything about it and no invitation arrived, I really humbled myself to go and ask the producer whether I would be allowed to come. He said he was very sorry, indeed, but there were no seats left."
2. The Main Character Nearly Turned Down Role : Julie Andrews nearly turned down the role of Maria Von Trapp, fearing the character was too similar to her role in Mary Poppins, which she had just finished shooting.
3. Actor Who Played Georg Ludwig Was Actually Against The Nazis: Georg Ludwig von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer, was indeed against the Nazi regime and he lived with his family in Aigen. But it bore little resemblance to the lavish estate in the film. The house that was used as the Von Trapp home was actually owned by actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.
4. The Real Georg Ludwig von Trapp Was Not Stern: According to his children, Von Trapp was not stern. The family was so upset by the portrayal of their father in the film, Maria von Trapp requested that director Robert Wise soften the character of her husband, but Wise refused.
5. It Was A Big Hit In Korea: When the film was released in South Korea, it did so much business that some theaters were showing it four and five times a day. One theater owner in Seoul figured out a way to show it more than that: He cut out all the musical numbers.
6. The Kiss Scene Took A While To Get During the scene with Maria and the Captain at the gazebo, Andrews couldn't stop laughing due to a lighting device that was making, in her words, a "raspberry" every time she leaned in to kiss Plummer. After more than twenty takes, the scene was altered to silhouette the two and to hide Andrews' giggles.