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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The Sound of Music
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" is a metaphor for fascism.
Essentially, Rolfe is telling Liesl to put aside her own agency and subscribe to his judgement for her own good. He infantilizes her as someone who doesn't know her own interests and paints himself as "someone older and wiser" to whom she should devote herself. In a way, Rolfe is mirroring, between himself and Liesl, Hitler's relationship with the German people.

Lisel is a Time Lord

This explains her fascination with doings things for 'the first time'. She likes repeating milestones. Also, she doesn't mind waiting 'a year or two' because she has all the time in the world.

In the end they're hiking through the Green Mountains, not the Alps.

It doesn't match, of course - it's really either a studio matte or the Hollywood Hills - and suitably time-compressed that they haven't traded their Trachten for Johnson flannels yet, to say nothing about the kids not being any older - but it explains why they're walking in the "wrong" direction. They're headed towards Stowe Village, not Berchtesgaden.
  • The valley behind them is recognizable as the Salzburg valley, and the gigantic mountain behind them is readily identifiable, for anyone who's actually been there. Also, the Green Mountains are nowhere near that impressive. And it's not a matte shot.

Tachyon DriftWMG/TheaterSpring Awakening
The Sorcerer's ApprenticeWMG/FilmSource Code

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