The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Classic tale from daughter's viewpoint; some violence.

NR 2016 98 minutes

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Great film, but not accurate!

The musical and film, "The Sound of Music", is wonderful, but not accurate in a number of ways. I expected "The von Trapp Family: a Life of Music" to be more accurate, but it too falls short in that regard. Three examples of this: the family didn't flee Austria secretly, by night. It publicly announced that it was leaving to perform in America and left during the day, taking a train at a station that was close to their home! Not seen in either film is Father Franz Wasner. Fr. Wasner was a friend of Georg von Trapp. He became the family's musical director and remained so for 20 years. He accompanied them when they performed in Austria and he also accompanied them to the United States. Finally, the family sang in harmony, not in unison, but all through the film we hear "unison". Why is it so hard to portray a real family's history accurately? That said, the costumes, sets, scenery, and acting in "A Life of Music" is very, very good, a nicely crafted film, highly recommended.

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Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

Really good drama. But I would like to have seen more about their early life in America. This story pretty muuch tells, more acurately, what the Sound of Music told. I hope there will be a sequel.

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