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What are your opinions on this movie about the making of Mary Poppins? Do you think it'll be more about a romance story possibly between Walt Disney and P.L. Tavers similar to Hitchcock and Girl did last year, or will it focus on the actual production of the movie itself, or incorporate both? Leave your thoughts!
I had no idea this movie was coming out; thanks for posting a question about it. I immediately looked it up and for others who might not have heard about this, I've added the synopsis at the end of this post.
First, I never knew it was such a struggle to get Mary Poppins on the screen and am really interested in seeing this movie. I've only seen bits and pieces of The Girl but I've read "about" it enough to be able to opine on your question. Based on the synopsis, I think it's safe to assume the movie will be mostly about the pre-production of Mary Poppins with perhaps a montage of the movie actually being made before a scene where Travers sees the production (unless in history, she died before this happened -- I don't know). Either way, I'm fascinated -- the only trivia I know about Mary Poppins is the Audrey Hepburn/Julie Andrews/My Fair Lady/Mary Poppins/Oscars story. I just checked, the Disney/Travers story is covered briefly in the "Making of" documentary.
Plot Summary: Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen. When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Glad to know that I could inform you about it! I hope to see more movies like this (about the process of a famous movie) because Hitchcock and The Girl were some of my favorite movies of 2012
I was just thinking that the making of Jaws would be a fantastic topic for a movie, what with the shark acting up so often and the decision to go Hitchcockian with the shark's presence onscreen. It would probably do fantastic boxoffice even if the movie wasn't great because of the popularity of Jaws.
Movie? No way. That's worth about a ten minute extra dvd feature.
You may be right but I think there's enough things of interest for it to work out. Be successful, again I don't know. But it is definitely something I'd love to see. Shaw was suppose to be a handful, Dreyfuss' was pessimistic about the movie, and Spielberg does his first big feature and suffers setback after setback until he chose a different course and made it work for him. Might work. But I'm fascinated with all behind the scenes movies and biopics that show film productions. I'd still love to see a well-made Buster Keaton biopic. I've never seen the Donald O'Conner movie but I read that it was pure fabrication, and Keaton had one hell of a downward spiral before his movies were rediscovered.
If you're looking for a movie like that, watch The Shark is Still Working. It's about the legacy and impact that Jaws created. Highly enjoyable
Is that the full documentary special feature on the Jaws DVD/BluRay? If so, I did and liked it alot. I was also thinking One Crazy Summer captured a little of that behind-the-scenes Jaws thing with their mechanical rabid dolphin.
same here, i can't wait for it
I'm afraid that pretty soon no movies will be made except about how other class films were made. We can no longer make movies that are about anything other than movies.
Shouldn't we wait until most of these people are dead first before they're depicted? It just seems odd to me that there's someone going to be portraying Julie Andrews when she's still alive in events that she knows whether actually happened or not.
Although, it is very funny thinking about name actors playing actors playing parts: Helen Mirren as Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, co-starring Jim Carrey as Dick Van Dyke as Bert