The Sound of Music (1965)
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Despite having been warned that "The Von Trapp children don't play; they march,"
when the captain leaves for Vienna to visit the baroness, Maria and the children break
all the rules. Decked out in play clothes made from the drapes that used to hang
in her bedroom, they go on a picnic where Maria teaches the children how to
"DO, a deer, a female deer. RE, a drop of golden sun.
ME, a name I call myself. FA, a long, long way to run. SO, a needle pulling
thread. LA, a note to follow so. TI, a drink with jam and bread. That will
bring us back to DO."
Although a simple song, "Do, a Deer" provides the musical foundation for
one of the film's greatest improvements over the stage production -- an
extended montage that not only allows the audience to watch the bond
between Maria and the children develop through music over a period of time,
but also permits the children to "learn how to sing" over time rather than
in a single sitting as happens in the stage show. Aside from its
expository function however, the montage also gives the audience a better
sense of the story's setting through its panorama of real Austrian locales, in
Salzburg and beyond.
"Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, and so on, are only the tools we use to build a song.
Once you have these notes in your heads, you can sing a million different
tunes by mixing them up, like this...
"So, Do, La, Fa, Mi, Do, Re. So, Do, La, Ti, Do, Re, Do.
"Do-Mi-Mi, Mi-So-So, Re-Fa-Fa, La-Ti-Ti!
"When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything!"
Maria and the children marching around the famous Pegasus fountain at the Mirabell
Gardens in Salzburg.
Screenwriter Ernest Lehman, who championed the idea of a film version of
THE SOUND OF MUSIC from the beginning, is credited not only with the idea of
opening up "Do, a Deer" into the integral production number it eventually
became, but also with the addition of the "I Have Confidence" song and
montage that helps Maria's character transition both physically and
emotionally from the abbey to her new role as a governess. Other
improvements Lehman made to the original stage book by playwrights Howard
Lindsay and Russel Crouse include the addition of humorous moments like the
pine cone at the dinner table, the unexpected swim in the lake and the
- "When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window."
- "Oh, there's nothing wrong with the children -- only the governesses."
--Captain von Trapp.
- "Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for
children, and definitely not for me." --Maria.
- "I'm Liesl. I'm sixteen years old and I don't need a governess!"
- "Only grown-up men are scared of women." --Kurt.
- "There's nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who's
in love with him." --The Baroness.
- "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh
my help." --Rev. Mother.
- "Reverend Mother, I have sinned." --Sister Margeretta.
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