The hills are still alive, as the “The Sound Of Music” turns 50.
It has been 50 years since the initial release of the classic film’s tale about the real-life Von Trapp family and their musical impulses.
The film became a musical classic with popular songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “So Long, Farewell,” and the title song, “The Sound of Music.”
The film received 10 Oscar nominations and won five, including best picture, best director, best sound, best film editing, and best music. The soundtrack’s 11 million sales worldwide makes it one of the best-selling of all time. Since the initial 1965 release, the film has grossed close to US$300 million worldwide.
According to British tabloid The Sun, BBC executives selected the film for broadcast should a nuclear strike occur, to improve the morale of survivors.
Unknown to many fans of the film, according to the real-life Maria Von Trapp’s second book, “Maria,” she was not invited to the premiere of the movie. Furthermore, when she called the producer to ask if she could attend, she was told there were no tickets left, although 20th Century Fox did let her preview the film.
The film’s 50th anniversary was honored at the most recent Academy Awards with a performance by pop singer Lady Gaga and appearance by the film’s star, Julie Andrews.