Well, let me put it this way. You know the party game where people sit around the table and a person whispers a word to a person on their left? And they whisper to the next one, and the next, and it goes around the table. By the time it gets back to the original person, it has often changed to a different word?
The Hollywood film is based on the Broadway play, which is based on the German film, which is based on the book that my mother wrote. So each time things change a bit, and each version is aimed at perhaps a slightly different audience. But the final Hollywood film? A documentary of my family’s life, it is not. However, as a film it’s superb: magnificently cast and located in stunning scenery.
Further reading: How to live out your ‘Sound of Music’ dreams in this Vermont town