inversions at play

Yes, we took a Sound of Music tour—
primarily for the sake of the girls,
who have long loved that long movie for so long
and seen it oh so many, so oh many, many times.

But our guide was more respectful of the story
than the movie.
And it was fascinating to hear
of the inversions at play.

Most intriguing to me:
Uncle Max,
portrayed in the movie
as someone so very appreciative
of money and of wealthy friends—
portrayed as somewhat of a freeloader—

when, in fact,
Max was the actual owner of the house
used in the movie to portray the house of the Von Trapps
he so enjoyed.

And it was Uncle Max,
portrayed in the movie
as someone looking for musical acts to exploit—
to make him more money—bring him more recognition—

when, in fact, Max Reinhardt
was one of the great innovators in theater
of the 20th century,
who dreamed up and initiated the Salzburger Festspiele—
the renowned opera, music, theater festival
that extends annually from the end of July through August.

He dreamed it up to honor Mozart,
and to promote international harmony and respect
through the arts.
The first such festival was celebrated in 1920.

Finally, in the movie,
Max is portrayed
as someone willing to accommodate the Nazis
for the sake of not being inconvenienced—
for the sake of his own safety and comfort
while the Captain is portrayed as someone
who resisted the Nazis and had to escape them—

when, in fact,
it was Max who had to escape the Nazis
while the Von Trapps just took a train to Italy
and went from there to the U.S.

Ah, Hollywood
where protagonists need to be heroes
and inversions are always at play.

Hollywood and … well—
let’s just say,
the consistent consideration of inversions at play
is a discipline
followers of Jesus
would do well to cultivate!


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