YTread Logo
YTread Logo

Diane Sawyer: 'The Sound of Music' with Julie Andrews (Part 1)

Diane Sawyer: 'The Sound of Music' with Julie Andrews (Part 1)
tonight from Salzburg Austria an ABC news event

Julie

Andrews

returns 50 years later for the untold story of The

Sound

of

Music

here now from that famous mountaintop

Diane

Sawyer

good evening and welcome as tonight we take you on an amazing journey beginning right here on the famous Hill at the foot of the Alps where 50 years later you can still hear the

sound

of

music

come with us now to the ancient town with the towering castles at the foot of the mountains with the rolling river it's where Mozart was born 150,000 people live in Salzburg but 6.5 million tourists arrive here every year and most are in search of the story that reminds you to find your own dream families come to reenact the joyful dance shot for shot we see fans imagining themselves inside their favorite scenes you know the ones that lift the heart on the

sound

of

music

tour buses young and old dresses their favorite characters singing along from all over the planet to that little gazebo where Liesl and Ralph were 16 going on 17 and there is someone else who was arrived in Salzburg the actress with the astonishing voice the luminous face 50 years later

Julie

Andrews

79 she meets up with us at a treasured place a terrace by a river filled with so many memories isn't it pretty I think this was actually my favorite location her favorite locations in the movie this house was used as the set for the backyard of the Von Trapp home it's the place where high spirited nun frees seven children from...
diane sawyer the sound of music with julie andrews part 1
stultifying rules dressed in play clothes out of curtains they go canoeing excited when their father comes home at least that's what I remember after falling in love with the movie long ago but

Julie

Andrews

remembers something else what was really happening outside the frame watch these rarely seen home movies shot by the parents of the children just as we were about to shoot the second ad came up to

music

I'll just tell you something the little one doesn't swim I said so could you fall forward from the boat and get her as quickly as possible I said well yes and of course I felt that was not forward because the boat was rocking I just see a pair of feet disappearing and it's so some type of her coming up going yeah well yes and people were diving in together she was very brave you did four takes more times they have to fall in the water dry off fall again behind the scenes we see

Julie

Andrews

huddled in towels a bucket used to get her wet for retakes did you get dried oh I know up here they kept wetting us down to match and somehow all this work and craft began to shape a message about courage choosing hope even when your life gets hard a message that would arc across every generation 50 years 80 years it's unbelievable

Diane

I do not know where the last 20 years I could believe 30 but not 50 surely it's a joke The

Sound

of

Music

isn't just about being joyful it's about achieving joy it's a finding joy yep what will my future be I wonder...
diane sawyer the sound of music with julie andrews part 1
the work on the film had actually begun months earlier in Hollywood there were three months of rehearsal yes everything lay down the song yes well everything so by the time director Robert Wise brought his crew of 20 and 50 people to Austria they were ready to work six days a week dawn to midnight 6:30 in the morning you were in hair and makeup and getting her hair colored repeatedly all the time yeah I thought I detected different colors in case well maybe you did that was kind of by an accident that Bob thought that maybe some highlights would be great and the highlights came out kind of orange and so they decided oh forget that just be blond all over and here is another rare piece of video out of the vault listen every morning this is the real singing voice of Christopher Plummer singing Edelweiss himself now listen to the

sound

from the final movie Plummer now has the voice of a professional singer they brought in to help strengthen his notes non dry every scene in the movie so difficult it had been sketched and timed in Hollywood and no scene more arduous than the one they were going to try to shoot high up in the Alps on that mountain filled with

music

tourists search for it but it's not listed in any guidebook so we set out to find it and take you there so here's what we've heard out of town that you can't find it on any Google map so don't even bother trying we drive West six miles later we actually leave Austria and cross the border into Germany...
diane sawyer the sound of music with julie andrews part 1
signs point in every direction but no mention of the famous hill and as we climb our ears are popping oh those cows have got to mean something right the land here is privately owned by farmers so reluctant to let Outsiders in the movie studio has to pay them to let our cameras up the path so can we go halfway up sheep can you hear the chime hello we keep going it's steep and a little gooey from rain mud okay Wow is this here we are the view exactly as it was a half a century ago though one thing is very different for us on the day we arrived even though it is a beautiful day today it was not fifty years ago in fact it was rain it was wind the temperatures in the 50s everyone was freezing and they only had the Sun come out for about 20 minutes to get that shot turns out beautiful Austria is the eleventh rainiest country on earth so I went to your mountain I want to know how you did how I got up there oh well it rained a lot the tarp over your head freezing cold waiting for the clouds to para no we actually went up the mountain in big open carts pulled by oxen I would sit on top of all the camera equipment and then they hoist me up and up we'd go spoiler alert skip this

part

if you only want the movie magic in your head but if you look closely here for a moment the sky is clear blue for a wide shot then in the shot in the meadow you can see clouds closing in at times the grass is yellow but in the DVDs they electronically painted green and those birch trees if...
you're looking for those birch trees you're not going to find them they were brought in for the scene then taken right back out something else you won't find here that brook with the water the trips and falls over stones on its way that was brought in by the movie studio two plastic filled with water and vanished and do you remember the scene who she's running back to the Abbey leans down picks up her clothes and goes in this direction I'm telling you it is steep this is not easy but when that day we were shooting on the mountain we're lucky we have small silent drones getting the shot back in 1965

Julie

Andrews

was doing battle with a helicopter that kept blowing up a tornado of when this giant helicopter came at me sideways with a very brave cameraman hanging out the side where the door would be normally and the helicopter would shoot me and I'd come from one end of the field and he'd come from the other and I'd make that big turn and then he'd go around me to go back and start again and I'd run to the other end but every time he went around me the downdraft from the Jets would fling me down into the grass I heard that occasionally you cursed like a sailor I do know I do and I did but somehow out of that duel with a helicopter the nine takes the long hours and the cold in 20 minutes of sunshine the giant speakers up in the trees begin playing that

music

one was suddenly released maybe from from waiting and waiting I don't know...
but these huge big speakers in the trees were blasting this beautiful

music

and for all of us an indelible moment celebrating the simple joy of being young and alive with the

sound

of

music

with songs they have sung for a thousand years next what well-known movie star was considered for the role of Maria and the secrets behind the scenes to doremi what when we come back