Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Lonelier Goatherd

One of my all-time favorite movies is "The Sound of Music" (1965). While some movies try to follow the general historical arc of the principles involved -- with only a few alterations to help the story along -- the story of the [von] Trapp Family Singers is not one of these. Though this film has been beloved for over 40 years, it can only be said to very, very loosely follow the real-life history of this family.

For example, in the film, the oldest child is Liesl (played by Charmian Carr). In fact, she was the eldest girl, but her brother, Rupert (Friedrich in the film) was the eldest child. The character of Liesl was based upon the real-life Agathe and she died yesterday at age 97. That leaves only one of the original members left.

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