Music Of Love

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Music of Love         The Sound of Music proved, once again, to be a wonderful film for those of all ages. It is set in Austria during the late 1930's, when Nazi Germany was on its rise. Captain Von Trap lived with his seven children in a large mansion. He was in need of a governess (nanny), because his wife had died a few years back. Maria was a nun who was sent to take care of the children. She had been sort of a pain at the abbey and was sent out into the real world to discover herself. Indeed she did. Maria helped the family to relax and have fun by introducing them to singing. They sang beautifully. The Captain fell in love with Maria and broke off his engagement with another woman. Maria and Gayog (the Captain) were married. However, he was asked to become a Captain for a ship in Berlin.

He did not want to because he did not want to help fight with the Nazis who were trying to take over Austria. He and his family escaped into the Swiss Alps, heading for a new life in Switzerland. The Sound of Music is a wonderful film that everyone should see. It is a typical love story with music intertwined throughout the film.

        The music in         The music in The Sound of Music is beautifully written. I believe that it was done by Rodgers and Hammerstein. All of the actors and actresses sang beautifully and really helped to give life to the music. Seeing this movie as a young girl, I fell in love with all of the songs and to this day, continue to play them on the piano. I really feel that the music played an extremely large role in the film, hence the title. It has two meanings. The music helped to bring Maria, Gayog and the children together to form a wonderful and loving family. The music also helped to keep the film interesting.

        When I was a young girl watching this film, I never paid much attention to the part about the Nazis. I never understood why the Von Trap family had to run away. However, after learning about World War II, I finally understand why they did not want to stay in the country. I believe that the Nazis were taking over Austria as well. The Captain saw that Austria was changing. His friend agreed but kept saying that the beautiful music of Austria was staying the same. Seeing it from a perspective of knowing what was socially going on in this movie helped me to understand many different parts of the film.                 I would suggest that everyone see this movie. Whether they have seen it before, The Sound of Music is a timeless film. It is one that can be watched over and over without one becoming bored with it. Although at times it seems that it is a typical love story, it is much more. The Sound of Music is an enjoyable, lovely film.