We went into Baltimore City, to the Hippodrome Theater, and waited in a long line.
The year: 1965.
My dad loved the film so much that he bought me the soundtrack, and it wasn’t even my birthday.
Cliff confessed on our first date that he loved the movie, too.
So thirty-seven years later, we stepped in time and got ourselves to Saving Mr. Banks.
The movie recounts the battle of words and wills between the author of the Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers, and Walt Disney and his studio.
Great trailer. Really catches the flavor of the film.
Read this review by Mark Kermode. I second his final lines “…as a diehard Thompsonite who considers Mary Poppins one of the best 10 movies ever made, they appear to have made Saving Mr. Banks for me. And I loved it.”
I loved it too and so did Cliff.
Loved the sixties stuff. Loved the acting. Loved the music. Loved the pull between Travers and Disney.
And I loved thinking about going to the Hippodrome Theater in 1965.
A Mary Poppins book from my childhood. This is the real Mary Poppins, the first one, a magical curmudgeon of the finest degree
The movie story, also from my childhood bookshelf
The end pages of Mary Poppins in the Park. Note the merry-go-round, setting for the controversial animation scene in the movie. P.L Travels argued NOT to have any animation in the movie. To this day, the animation bothers me too. Just doesn’t fit!
The end pages of my movie version. I wrote my room number in it, meaning I must have take it to school for some reason or another
What about you?
Do you have Mary Poppins memories?
And let us know if you’ve seen Saving Mr. Banks!
For an insightful look at the real P.L. Travers, who has no doubt been done a disservice in some respects by the Disney people, read this article by children’s literature expert Jerry Griswold.