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Friday, March 22, 2013
Do You Fancy Visiting a World-famous Film Set?
Sound of Music filmed in Salzburg (picture credit: metroactive.com)
Okay, I’m going to put my hands up
and admit to the fact that I am a massive fan of the Rogers and Hammerstein’s
film The Sound of Music. I can hear
you sniggering, but do you know what? I don’t really care! As this film is
based on true events that transpired in the run-up to the Second World War and
because it is a picture that literally has it all, I am actually quite proud of
this sincere fondness.
This was one of the main reasons for
my wanting to visit the city of Salzburg in the first place. The city always
looked so idyllic and quaint in the movie itself and I was keen to see how much
it had changed since the film was shot back in 1965.
This turned out to be the biggest
surprise of them all! When I got to Salzburg and walked around the Old Town
especially, I very soon realised that Salzburg has hardly changed at all.
Nearly fifty years later, walking around the city you still recognise many
landmarks and buildings that were captured in the original film and this is
actually quite amazing!
Of course, if you have ever been
lucky enough to venture to Salzburg yourself, the Fortress which sits atop of a
hill overlooking the city is one of the first sights that instantly hits you. I
found that the Mirabel Gardens were still extremely easy to recognise, as were
a number of other buildings and fountains where the Von Trapp children danced
and sung around.
In an age
where there are numerous violent films depicting yet another poor unfortunate
being murdered, the film The Sound of
Music provides some much-needed escapism; a return to a bygone age of
innocence. There is so much to be said for this.