Artikelnummer 2963

2 DVD SET: THE TRAPP FAMILY ADVENTURES (1956 / 1958) * with switchable English subtitles *

Wolfgang Liebeneiner Writers: George Hurdalek, Herbert Reinecker (dialogue), 1 more credit » Stars: Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, Maria Holst

Discounted set of the following DVDs:



Der verwitwete Baron Trapp, reich und berühmt, verliebt sich in die junge Erzieherin seiner Kinder und heiratet sie. Die frisch gebackene Baronin entdeckt die engelsgleichen Stimmen der Trapp-Sprösslinge. Als der Baron sein Vermögen verliert, führt sie die muntere Schar lebenslustig und tatkräftig als Familienchor an den Widrigkeiten des Lebens nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg vorbei. 1938 flüchten sie vor dem Hitler-Regime in die USA. Dort zeichnet sich die erste Konzert-Tournee ab. 

The widowed Baron Trapp, rich and famous, falls in love with the young governess of his children and marries her. Disaster soon strikes, though, when the Baron decides to transfer almost all the family's money -- safe in London -- back to Austria to prop up a bank on the verge of going under -- run by a friend -- and which is giving money to political parties fighting the homegrown Nazi Party.  The bank goes broke; the friend commits suicide; and the Trapps end up with squat.  Worse still, word of the baron's financing of the bank lands him in very hot water, when the Germans march into Austria.  The family decides to leave for America.  Their troubles are far from over, however, when an incredibly naive Maria tells the immigration officer they want to stay forever, when he asks how long they'll be visiting the States. 

Somewhat loose with the facts -- though not as much as the American version of the film made years later -- this is still an entertaining distortion of Maria's book about her family's journeys.  Try not to be disappointed when Rogers and Hammerstein's songs don't make an appearance throughout the film!



1938 flüchtet die Trapp- Familie vor den Nazis aus Österreich. Die singende Sippe erlebt ihre neue Heimat USA aber als Land der begrenzten Möglichkeiten: Die religiösen Songs von Mutter Maria und ihrer Kinderschar will keiner hören. Erst alpenländische Lieder, vorgetragen im Dirndl, bringen den Erfolg. 

The sequel to Die Trapp Familie hardly lightens the mood for fans of the von Trapp Family Singers.  The Trapps have left Austria and are now in the United States.  But the Land of Unlimited Possibilities turns out to be anything but for our hapless heroes.  Though the American public has demonstrated countless times, that they'll pay anything to hear Volkslieder and other pop songs, the family is on the verge of being penniless and suicidal, thanks to their priest/agent, who's determined to teach Americans to appreciate great church music ... no matter how much his "cultural mission" pushes the family to starvation.  Only the insistence of paying patrons that they drop the holy roller music and the guffaws of the audience abandoning their shows finally convinces Maria, that it's time to start entertaining the paying public and give Palestrina a rest.

DVD-Rs are in German with switchable English subtitles.  Approx.  195 mins. total.  Please see individual DVD descriptions for video samples.

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