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A Word About Fräulein Maria

Fascinating study of the German version of the Von Trapp family story which preceded the Hollywood version, The Sound of Music.

Silver Screenings

laksdjf sdf Image: kdsfjThe pre-Hollywood Captain von Trapp and Fräulein Maria. Image: br.de

Nine years before Hollywood unleashed the world’s greatest schmaltz-fest known as The Sound of Music, German filmmakers released a biopic of the famous von Trapp family.

Die Trapp-Familie (1956) is a more down-to-earth telling of the Fräulein-Maria-vs.-the-von-Trapps story. It set the basic template for the later Hollywood version, although neither film is an exact re-telling of actual events. (One could argue the German version is a smidge more factual.)

If you’re not familiar with the movie version of this story, it is set in Austria in the mid 1920s. (The Hollywood version takes place on the eve of the Austrian Anschluss in 1938.) A young woman named Maria (Ruth Leuwerik) is a happy, non-conformist novitiate living in a Salzburg convent, when she is suddenly dispatched to work as a governess to seven children. The children have a history of making their governesses quit; they’ve gone through a…

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2 comments on “A Word About Fräulein Maria

  1. Silver Screenings
    07/22/2015

    Thanks for the re-blog!

    You really are too good to me.

  2. First Night Design
    07/22/2015

    Rubbish! Thank you for writing about the film which we have to see. My other half will understand the German as he speaks the language fluently.

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