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The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome…

by Tom Santopietro

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Do you like “The Sound of Music”? Do you really, really want to know EVERYHTING about the movie, about the family von Trapp, about the filming of the movie, about the premier, the life of the actors and the people that made the movie? Do you feel the need to know about all the problems with the filming, the problems before the filming and stuff like that? Then, this is the book for you!

Personally, I found that the book contained way too much information that I just felt wasn't really that interesting to know or that I already knew from watching a documentary about the movie that I have on my DVD version. I mean, the von Trapp family history is interesting and of course, the filming of the movie is always nice to read about, but much of the information after the premier wasn't really that interesting to read about. You get the van Trapp family's history, what happened to all the children. You get to know how the life turned out for the actors that played in the movie. You get statistic about the movie.

But in the end, I would watch the documentary again instead of reading this book, I get the information I want/need and I get to watch the actors instead of reading about what they think about the movie. It's just so much cozier and there are no dry parts. The book felt sometimes a bit too heavy to read, too much information that just didn't interest me so much and also sometimes I felt that it lost the thread when it discussed other movies than "The Sound of Music”.

And, I wished that had been photos with the book. This is an ARC so I hope the complete book will have photos.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
The Sound of Music was the first film I saw on the big screen. Like many others, I was enchanted by the story, over the moon for Julie Andrews and adored the children, especially Gretl who was my age. This is a book for us. Tom Santopietro leaves out no detail or fact. He describes the dynamics between cast members, crew, director, fawns over Julie Andrews and Robert Wise and at times gives an almost minute by minute accounting of some of the scenes and songs. I enjoyed reading about how hated the movie was by film critics and yet became one of the most beloved movie in film history. I also appreciated his historically correct analysis of how Austrians in reality welcomed the Nazi party and how repugnant this whitewashing has been, including later (mild) attempts by people associated with the movie to address it.

While this book offers fans the pleasure of learning every possible twist in the Sound of Music story, it is not a critical appraisal or a particularly insightful read it. In all, however, if you want to read an adoring fan book this book is definitely for you. ( )
  Karen59 | Feb 9, 2015 |
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