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Friday Movie Discussion

  • Friday, April 24, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • A Virtual Discussion

The Movie for discussion on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 PM is Saving Mr. Banks.

Saving Mr. Banks is available on Netflix and can be rented on Amazon Prime Video for $2.99. 

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Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Friday Movie Night

Time: Apr 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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From the Internet Movie Database:

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

When Walter Elias Disney's (Tom Hanks') daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' (Dame Emma Thompson's) "Mary Poppins", he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take twenty 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, California to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all of the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Richard M. Sherman (Jason Schwartzman) and Robert B. Sherman (B.J. Novak), 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 movies in cinematic history.

... Written by Walt Disney Pictures

A discussion topic that I see in this movie is surrendering control of something that you created that is near and dear to you.  Another possibility is whether a movie made by Disney about Disney is anything more than propaganda.  Walt Disney’s involvement as a founding member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, an organization who stated they, "believed in, and like, the American Way of Life ... we find ourselves in sharp revolt against a rising tide of Communism, Fascism and kindred beliefs, that seek by subversive means to undermine and change this way of life".

Since this movie is partially about the making of the movie Mary Poppins, you may want to watch Mary Poppins before seeing Saving Mr. Banks.

Mary Poppins is also available on Amazon Prime Video for $2.99.

Hope to see  you on Friday.

Randy Best

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