The Sound of Music Story: How a Beguiling Young Novice, a Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time

The Sound of Music Story: How a Beguiling Young Novice, a Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time

by Tom Santopietro


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On March 2, 1965, "The Sound of Music" was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the moviegoing public in the way that "The Sound of Music" did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodeling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate "Sound of Music" fan book with all the inside dope from behind the scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the "Cleopatra" bankrupted 20th Century Fox. We all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? Tom Santopietro knows and will tell all while providing a historian's critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman, a look at the critical controversy which greeted the movie, the film's relationship to the turbulent 1960s and the super stardom which engulfed Julie Andrews. Tom Santopietro's "The Story of 'The Sound of Music'" is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250064462
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,145,704
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

TOM SANTOPIETRO is the author of The Godfather Effect, The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day (A New York Times Editor's Choice) and Sinatra in Hollywood. He has worked for the past twenty years in New York theater as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows. He lives in New York, New York.

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The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.  The Sound of Music Story has got to be the most informative biography I have ever read in my life. Talk about behind-the-scenes info, and beyond! Mr. Santopietro is a professional sleuth, that’s all I’ve gotta say, because the amount of research that had to be put into bringing all of this together absolutely blew me away. I went into reading TSOMS assuming I’d learn about a couple of funny moments on the set and possibly some facts about why the movie was made the way it was. I had no idea that meeting the real Von Trapps and understanding where they came to play in everything would be such an important part of TSOMS, nor did I realize how much history would be shared in regard to pretty much everyone who came into contact with TSOMS from start to finish.  This book delves into each real Von Trapp (childhood, homes, adulthood), on top of sharing a plethora of facts about the director, editor, screenwriter, costume designer, song-writer/s, actors, cinematographer, voice-dubbers (YES!) and so on (I’m leaving people out, and I’m sorry! You are all important, movie people!). Not only that, but we learn a ton about each actor, as well. (And I’m not just talking about during the timeframe OF the making of The Sound of Music; I’m talking about leading up to and following the movie’s release. For decades. I’m serious… this book has THE facts.)  I really, really enjoyed this book, and after two weeks now, I’ve finally stopping dropping facts about it with everyone I know every hour. I have only one complaint, really, and it’s more on me than Mr. Santopietro: being as I am only in my 30’s, I don’t know enough about stars from the 50’s and 60’s, so a lot of names dropped/explained/compared went completely over my head. (Didn’t ruin the experience, at all, and readers older than me are going to absolutely eat it up.) But the facts. The facts! Talk about amazing! If you like The Sound of Music, if you like Julie Andrews, if you like anyone involved in Sound of Music in any way (or if you just want to know how The Sound of Music came to be in the first place), I guarantee you are going to want to read this book!
Boysie More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written history of SOM - with great insight and perspective.