Run time: 139 mins
Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books (See ‘Saving Mr Banks’!).
P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney’s personally supervised films.
When Mr. Banks advertises for a new nanny, his children alternately compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children’s ad by arriving at the Banks’ home from the skies, parachuting by umbrella.
The exploits of novelist P. L. Travers’ nanny sparkle thanks to the Sherman brothers’ songs (from the sweet Feed the Birds to the rollicking Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)
Poppins’ arrival from the sky to shape up the lives of the Banks family is still magical, and the animation (so hated by P.L. Travers) is too.
“Julie Andrews’ first appearance on the screen is a triumph. She performs as easily as she sings, displaying a fresh type of beauty nicely adaptable to the new colour cameras.” (Variety 1964..!) You must come for this big screen original at the last throes of 2019.