Neither Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s film Die Trapp-Familie (1956) nor Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production of The Sound of Music (1959) has a picnic. But Robert Wise came at the Trapp family in a different environmental context. His film adaptation The Sound of Music (1965) glorifies a simple picnic on the grass in sight of the Austrian Alps. It’s cinematic ploy combing majestic scenery with a friendly, convivial gathering of happy people. Two wicker hampers sit next to a blue blanket with the remnants of a picnic—bread, cake, and bottles of fizzy—while Maria, their nanny, and the seven von Trapp family children sing “Do Re Mi Fa” (with a guitar and a Hollywood orchestra).

The film cast includes Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. Music and lyrics for the1959 production are by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. The story is by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Vincent J. Donohue, directed, and Joe Layton provided the choreography. Mary Martin was the original Maria, and Theodore Bikell the original Captain von Trapp.

Featured Image:  Robert Wise. The Sound of Music (1965). Screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on The Sound of Music (1959); Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on Maria von Trapp’s The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, and Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s film Die Trapp-Familie (1956). Robert Wise Productions/Twentieth Century Fox

See: Maria Augusta von Trapp. The Story of the von Trapp Family Singers. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1950.