There is no movie that seems to be more well known than the “Sound of Music”. It was released in 1965 and it tells the story of the von Trapp Family. It is a “Rodgers and Hammerstein” film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, which has some of the well known musical pieces available. This film was first shown as a Broadway play in the late 1950s. The play is based on a book called, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”. The movie was based in Germany, Austria and California.In the movie, Julie Andrews plays “Maria” and Christopher Plummer plays, “Captain von Trapp”. The movie tells how Maria is brought into the family’s home to become the governess. Songs such as “Maria” and “My Favorite Things” are some of Rodger and Hammerstein’s best work. Other songs include “Do-Re-Mi” sung by actress Charmian Carr who plays the oldest daughter Liesl. Liesl also sings “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” to let people know she is not a young girl. Songs that have made it onto the soundtrack are also the title song, “The Song of Music” and Julie Andrews beautifully sings, “Edelweiss”. One of the ending songs, “So Long, Farewell” is sung by the entire family is a delight to listen to.
The film was an instant hit based on the popularity of the Broadway play. It thought to have made over $150 million at the box office and this very popular soundtrack has sold over 11 million records across the world.