Image Credit: Mary Louise Kane/AP Images Hearing about the passing of Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of the musical family that inspired The Sound of Music who died Tuesday at age 97, made me remember the evening a few years back when, while watching the film for about the 100th time, I realized I no longer related to Liesl (Charmian Carr), the 16-going-on-17 character based on the real life woman. Instead, I was identifying with Julie Andrews’ Maria (and worrying that I wouldn’t be enough woman for Capt. Von Trapp or to lead his seven children on a mountain escape from the Nazis). It’s one of the few times I remember stopping to think how a film had evolved because of my age. (Another was when I watched When Harry Met Sally... as a 32-year-old instead of as a teenager. Sally: “And I’m gonna be 40.” Harry: “When?” Sally: “Someday.” Harry: “In eight years.”)
Has anyone else noticed a change in the way you view The Sound of Music? Agathe von Trapp — a retired teacher who lived in Baltimore, and dedicated her autobiography, Memories Before and After The Sound of Music, to her father — will be buried in the spring at a cemetery at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., the Associated Press reports. If you’ve been there, did you sing “The Sound of Music” as you drove up? (Guilty.) I hope someone’s doing that tonight.