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The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic tale from daughter's viewpoint; some violence.

Movie 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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Solid performances by the principal cast, lovely imagery, and a heartwarming tale bring this more dramatic version of the classic musical The Sound of Music to life. Based on the real-life events described in Agathe Von Trapp's autobiography, the movie highlights characters and details new to viewers. Particularly moving (and, spoiler alert, ultimately shattering) is the relationship between Agathe and her lifelong friend, Sigi. Colonel Von Trapp as played by Matthew Macfadyen is warm and present and provides a stark contrast to Agathe's growing understanding of the events that will follow. The film introduces the Von Trapp family's relationship with famous opera star Lotte Lehman (Annette Dasch). All in all, a nice addendum to the iconic musical, and the movie stands on its own as well. Fine for families; however, two poignant deaths make it questionable for very young or super-sensitive kids.

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