From autobiography to Hollywood musical: how do you solve a problem like Maria?

Fairchild, Ria (2008) From autobiography to Hollywood musical: how do you solve a problem like Maria? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Hollywood musical "The Sound of Music" (Wise, 1965) has touched the hearts of many with its tender story and has become somewhat of a phenomenon. Since its release the film has accumulated immense profit and its popularity is palpable. The film's original source, autobiography "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" (Trapp, 1949) has been rather less prevalent, yet highly influential by its ability to inspire subsequent adaptations. This dissertation endeavours to analyse its particular transition to 1960s Hollywood musical, "The Sound of Music". Using appropriate theories of literary adaptation, this study critically assesses the mutations, both inevitable and purposeful, which occurred on its extraordinary journey from literature to film. In doing so it will examine issues which may have affected the adaptation process; notably, the prevailing political and social agenda, in conjunction with contemporary filmmaking and the director's prerogatives. With regards to such aspects, this dissertation effectively argues that alterations made to the autobiography were justified. Through apt research and analysis, this study reveals that a truly successful adaptation need not remain strictly faithful to its source, as suitably demonstrated by "The Sound of Music".

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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