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One of the new films currently in theatres is "Saving Mr. Banks." This movie is a behind the scenes look at "Mary Poppins," which came out in 1964 and is considered a modern classic.

"Mary Poppins" stars Julie Andrews in the title role. She is an unorthodox nanny who comes to help the Banks family. The delightful story is set in 1910, and the children in the Banks family are unhappy and undisciplined. They do not have a good relationship with their authoritarian father. Because of their rambunctiousness, every other nanny has resigned. A new nanny, Mary Poppins, flies in on her umbrella. She has magical powers. Mary and the kids hit it off, and she is able to inspire them to be more responsible. They spend a lot of time with Bert (played by Dick Van Dyke), Mary's close friend.

"Mary Poppins" features an Academy Award winning performance by Julie Andrews. The character is different from the books by P.L. Travers, who created a more stern heroine. In the Disney film, she is a more gentle character. Andrews does a great job with the role.

There are many famous musical numbers throughout the film. One of the most memorable numbers is a scene that is partly animated. For a movie of the mid-1960s, this scene is still very entertaining.

If you have not seen "Mary Poppins" since your childhood or you have not seen it at all, it is well worth watching, perhaps with a screening of "Saving Mr. Banks."

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