Into a 1910 London setting (that could only exist in the imagination of Hollywood) comes the new governess, Mary Poppins, for two boisterous children of a banker (David Tomlinson) and his suffragette wife (Glynis Johns). That this Nanny is unusual is obvious from the start: she arrives by floating through the air, using her brolly as a parachute. In no time the children are sorted out and taken off on adventurous outings, including meeting her amazing friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke), a besooted chimney sweep who speaks a form of Cockney unknown within five thousand miles of Bow Bells. The household descends into chaos, but Mary will eventually see that order is restored. –BBC Films
Director Robert (Bob) Stevenson’s unusual knack for blending fantasy with credibility made anything seem possible in Disney live-action motion pictures from flying Volkswagens to levitating nannies, leprechauns to flubber. During the 1960s, the unpretentious craftsman directed nearly all of Disney’s successful films, including the Academy Award-winning “Mary Poppins” in 1964.
The believable fantasy elements found in many of his motion pictures have been a source of inspiration for other filmmakers, as well. Stanley Kubrick was said to have seen “Mary Poppins” three times while prepping “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Bob once explained the secret of his success, “When I’m directing a picture, what I have in mind is a happy audience, enjoying it in a movie house.”
Former Disney Producer and fellow Legend Bill Walsh credited the director’s keen sense of vision and attention to detail. He once said, “With Bob, you were always sure when the film finished that you had everything… read more
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Title: Mary Poppins
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Family
Director: Robert Stevenson
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Unique among movie masterpieces, Mary Poppins offers critics an endless supply of talking points. After more than forty-five years worth of praise and applause, there is still much to be said about… read review