Movies in Nature: The Sound of Music

The musical film The Sound of Music portrays the beautiful landscape of Austria. In the opening scene, Maria von Trapp, played by Julie Andrews, prances in a field in front of the stunning Untersberg mountain. The movie focus on Maria and her new job as a governess for the von Trapp family. Maria falls in love with the father, Captain von Trapp, and his children adore her. The couple gets married and moves the family out of Austria to flee from the Nazis.

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Movies in Nature: The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (2001) movies are known for their amazing use of nature to enhance the storyline. These movies follow a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins as he journeys to destroy a magic ring he inherited from his older cousin Bilbo Baggins. It is a race against time to destroy the ring as dark forces who know the true powers of the ring are on a mission to reclaim it. Hobbits live in a fictional land called the Shire and are known to have a green thumb which is represented by the lush greenery that fills every inch of the Shire. We see their positive relationship with nature in the way they care for their land and it is contrasted by scenes of the dark and barren lands where the dark forces dwell. It is interesting to see how the “villains” of the story are characterized to have a poor relationship with nature while the “good guys” live in a flourishing, green garden. All three of the movies were filmed in New Zealand and feature spectacular landscapes. If you’re someone with an interest in films that feature nature, check out these films!