The Sound of Music

By Turner, George | American Cinematographer, March 1994 | Go to article overview

The Sound of Music


Turner, George, American Cinematographer


The Sound of Music by Julia Antopol Hirsch Contemporary Books, 226 pps., paper, $19.95

Books dedicated to the making of specific movies are always welcome in this corner. Some favorites, such as Citizen Kane, King Kong, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind, have been given the royal treatment more than once. Now The Sound of Music, the Academy's choice for best picture of 1965, gets the VIP treatment in a well-researched and handsomely illustrated oversized paperback that includes a foreword by the film's gifted producer/director, Robert Wise.

The author, a former story editor for Wise, conducted interviews with many members of the cast and crew and researched the production files from the Twentieth Century Fox archives to compile facts, figures and anecdotes. She covers the ground as thoroughly as the pages will permit, from preproduction preparation and screen tests through production in Austria and at Fox, scoring, postproduction, the New York premiere, the scathing opening night reviews by Crowther and Kael, and a "whatever became of. . ." wrap-up. The illustrations, in addition to studio stills, include many personal scrapbook photos, some Maurice Zuberano storyboards, and production correspondence. …

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