Mary Poppins (1964)
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Dick Van Dyke's accent :)
Now, I'd seen Mary Poppins when I was a kid, but revisiting it just after It's a Wonderful Life draws a heck of a lot of connections between the two! Both are optimistic fantasies about frustrated bankers, where a wingless angel comes down from the sky to fix their problems, after all. And with my head full of Doctor Who, it's so hard not to see Mary as a Time Lady, with her bag that's bigger on the inside, and an obvious former companion in Bert (and the house staff keeps going on about the Master!). It's a piece of whimsy, to be sure, with plenty of memorable songs, crazy effects (some I don't even know how they could be achieved in 1964, plenty of expert roto-scoping, I expect) and laugh-out-loud moments. The wit is positively Wildean at times! The whimsy is for the kids, but the adults will recognize that it's about saving the father's soul, and in a sense, society's. One of the keys is the mom participating in the Suffragette movement, but not being quite so liberated in attitude. It's 1910, we're on the cusp of social change, and there's something symbolic in a woman upending a patriarchal world, imposing her rule, and changing the family's values. Has anyone written a thesis called "Mary Poppins and the End of the British Empire" yet?
I've seen this movie close to 30 times. Always as enjoyable. Heck sometimes I even sing the songs aloud to the befuddlement of friends and family.
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This movie ranks #22 in Musical
This movie ranks #27 in All Time Box Office
This movie ranks #31 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
This movie ranks #53 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #77 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
This movie ranks #105 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #234 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #245 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #423 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #546 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #639 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #647 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #832 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown