Last night ABC TV showed The Sound of Music. One look at this image and you know the story. You can even hear the opening music.
Maria is a young woman on her way to becoming a nun. But she is sent out to be a governess for seven children of an Austrian captain.
Ever since Captain von Trapp's wife died, he has ruled his children with an iron fist and no emotion. He uses whistles to call them.
But Maria only knows love. She sings to the children of her favorite things when they are afraid of a thunderstorm.
After being away on a trip, Captain von Trapp returns home only to find his children have learned to sing. Suddenly his heart melts and he becomes a father again.
The Baroness, who is planning on marrying the Captain, quickly sees he is falling in love with Maria.
Maria becomes afraid that she is falling in love with the Captain and runs back to the abbey. But her Mother Superior sends her back to face her fears and find out what her feelings really are.
When Maria returns, she and the Captain tell each other how they really feel and Maria discovers how beautiful it is to be in love and how wonderful life can be.
Maria and Captain von Trapp are married in perhaps the most incredible wedding scene ever shown in a movie.
To get away from the nazis who have occupied Austria and have inscripted Captain von Trapp, the family escapes after giving a performance.
This movie is one of my favorites. This black and white image of Marie is etched in my mind. She found love and happiness by giving of herself. That is a most appealing quality.
There is a lot more to this movie than music. Perhaps that is why people can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. So many life lessons are interwoven into the story, but in the end, good prevails. And that is nice.
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