Better German Podcast with Susi

Susanne Schilk-Blümel

Episode 31 - The Sound of Music

Is Austria like the movie?

2024-04-11 11 min

Description & Show Notes

In this episode we will talk about 'The Sound of Music' from an Austrian perspective, discussing its historical context, the impact of World War II, and the portrayal of Austrian traditions. We will go into the reason why The Sound of Music was literally successful everywhere but in Austria and Germany. But how much of The Sound of Music is actually alive? Just the hills?

In this episode of Better German, host Susi Blumel shares her perspective as an Austrian on the iconic movie "The Sound of Music." She discusses the historical context of the film, its reception in Austria, and whether it accurately reflects Austrian culture. Susi also extends her offer to help those interested in learning German through private lessons, online courses, and group courses available.

Bullet Point
Primary Topic: Introduction to The Sound of Music
- Number of viewers and global popularity
- Personal perspective as an Austrian
- Recommendation to watch the movie
Primary Topic: The Story of The Sound of Music
- Setting and historical context
- Reaction to the movie in Austria and Germany
- Influence of director Robert Wise
- The sensitive subject of the Nazis in the movie
Primary Topic: Is Austria Really Like The Sound of Music?
- Authenticity of the movie's scenery and traditions
- Modernization of Austria
- Traditional clothing and continued cultural practices
Primary Topic: Learning German and German Courses
- The host's role as a German teacher
- Available options for learning German, including private lessons and online courses
- Encouragement to visit the website for more information


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