Why don't Germans / Austrians 'get' Sound of Music?
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#1 Dec 8, 2009
Has anyone else found this? I would be very interested in hearing anyone’s experience of visiting Austria / Germany and experiencing attitudes towards Sound of Music, or if anyone knows anyone German / Austrian or is from these countries and could help explain why it is that everybody from Salzburg seems largely unaware of the story which, to outsiders, defines their town? Do Germans like musicals in general. Would be so grateful for any input as am trying to write an article.
#2 Dec 31, 2009
You are lucky that I fonud your post accidentially, because I AM a real Austrian ^^
The reason why The sound of Music is so unpopular in austria is because of the fact that the movie/musical shows a distorted picture of austrian culture and WW2. Nowadays, these things don't matter anymore, but back in 1964, people in austria were different and in a way oldfashioned...
This resulted in the fact that in Germany/austria, they only showed the movie until the scene where Maria gets married, but not further. the movie doesn't make any sense if you only show the half, so it flopped completely!!
People in austria and Germany DO love musicals, I even saw TSOM 2 years ago in the Volksoper in Vienna!! But it will never be the same hype like in the US.
If you have any further questions, you can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
sorry for the bad english ;)
greetings from austria,
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