Before adapting The Sound of Music for the screen, Julie Andrews and her colleagues paid attention to how they adapted the Broadway musical.
Iconic actress Julie Andrews reveals the only fear she had for The sound of music film. Andrews, now 86, has been acting for more than 70 years. Over these decades, she has played a myriad of roles, not only as Maria in The sound of musicbut also as a titular character in Mary Poppins (1964), Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway production of my lovely ladyand Millie Dillmount in Resolutely modern Millie (1967). More recently, Andrews voiced Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and Gru’s mother in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
The sound of music became a classic film not only in Andrews’ filmography, but one of the most beloved films in all of cinematic history. From “The Sound of Music” itself to “Do-Re-Mi”, The sound of music came up with spectacular tunes. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning 5, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film is renowned not only for its stunning cinematography and cheerful melodies, but also for its gripping drama in the film’s final act, where the von Trapp family must flee the Nazi regime.
Andrews now reveals, however, that long before The sound of music garnered such success, she and her colleagues were apprehensive about their approach to the story. In a recent interview with vanity lounge, Andrews describes the process of adapting the popular musical into a film. Andrews recalls that much of the cast and crew – including director Robert Wise, actor Christopher Plummer and Andrews herself – feared that The sound of music “could be quite sweet though [they] weren’t careful.” Andrews attributes this fear to the awe-inspiring scenery, music, and presence of the seven children in the film. The actor claims that what “gave the film its gluewas ultimately Plummer and his brilliant performance as Captain Georg von Trapp. Check out Andrews’ full quote below:
“When it came time to make the movie, I think most of us thought the play could be pretty sweet if we weren’t careful. I know our director Robert Wise felt that way, I know that the wonderful Christopher Plummer felt that, and I certainly did too. So there were some conversations before we started filming, about how best to get rid of the really sweet parts of the film. It’s mostly because that with this beautiful landscape, and seven children, and this glorious music, if you weren’t careful, it could be very, very sweet. It’s really thanks to Chris Plummer, who gave the film his glue. He was the firm and stern father of the children and the antagonist with whom I had to work.
Approaching the interview with his characteristic grace, Andrews pays a warm tribute to Plummer, who died last year at the age of 91. Besides praising Plummer, the actor humbly underestimates his own role in making The sound of musicIt’s the nuanced film fans know today. Andrews received an Oscar nomination for her role as Maria von Trapp in The sound of musicreleased just a year after her Oscar-winning performance in Mary Poppins. Maria’s foil to Captain von Trapp’s initial coldness helps give the film its dynamic relationships that led to its success, avoiding Andrews’ initial fears that the film would be drowned in sappy sentimentality.
Andrews’ interview is a fascinating insight into the making of a musical that is now nearly 60 years old. The legacy of The sound of music lives today. It’s still watched by countless audiences, both on streaming and in theaters, as many venues show it for classic movie nights or sing-along movie specials. The work that The sound of music the creative team did to make the story heartwarming but not clearly payoff “saccharine”.
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