THE SOUND OF AUSTRIA
This documentary about the Trapp family tells the true and dramatic story behind the kitschy myth of the singing family.
The film illuminates the contemporarily historical background of a family whose roots lie in the Dual Monarchy, who suffered the consequences of the world financial crisis in the '30s and a decade later got caught up in Austria's and its "Fatherland" government's fight against Hitler's Germany.
The life of the family that moved to Salzburg contains gripping turning points and blows of fate. It is inseparably linked with the interwar history of Austria - wedged between the fascist dictator Mussolini in Italy and the National Socialist German Reich. Salzburg and the Salzburger Festspiele play an important role in these turbulent times - also as a statement of Austrian identity and a counter to Hitler's Wagner cult in Bayreuth.
The TV-documentary will illuminate the historical reality with extracts from Ben Verbong's 2015 feature film, interviews with contemporary witnesses (e.g. the nephew of the Trapp Choir's leader, Franz Wasner), and experts (historians Hannes Leidinger, Karin Moser and Robert Kriechbaumer), extensive archive material from the time, as well as extracts from earlier Trapp films (e.g. Wolfgang Liebeneiner's "Vom Kloster zum Welterfolg" from 1956 with Ruth Leuwerik and Hans Holt) to show the legend of the Trapp family, their actual historical background and the significance of the Hollywood and Broadway classics for Austria's image throughout the world.
Filmed at original locations (for example the Martinsschlössel in Klosterneuburg, the Schuschnigg-Villa in St. Gilgen, the Trapp-Villa in Salzburg), the film opens windows on history. It gives the audience the less well known social and political background of a family history that made its mark on Austria's international image more than almost any other.