Previewing 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of author P.L. Travers' journey to Hollywood from London to adapt her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson portrays P.L. Travers.

'Saving Mr. Banks' Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Director John Lee Hancock.

Location:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood
    5220 Lankershim Blvd.,
    North Hollywood, CA 91601

Please call (747) 201-5800 for information.

The synopsis:

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.

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