In Mary’s Shadow: When Disney Rereads Its Own Story

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In Mary's Shadow: The Walt Disney Promise

The behind-the-scenes film about Mary Poppins’ creation returns tonight.

At 9:05 p.m., 6ter will rebroadcast In Mary’s Shadow: Walt Disney’s Promise, of John Lee Hancock. A fictionalized biopic revisiting the creation of this Disney masterpiece. An original idea, quite perilous in appearance, which re-reads the studio’s own history through a film … produced by Disney.

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However, the exercise is paying off according to Christophe Narbonne in his review of the film for First, also highlighting a portrait of Walt Disney less complacent than expected: “if the great Walt does appear to be a jovial and sympathetic man (the portrait is very slightly ironic), in this case he is not the subject of the film, which focuses on PL Travers, a monster of neurosis and visceral fragility attached to her imaginary nanny. Skillful flashbacks tell the childhood of this Australian tossed between an alcoholic father she adored and a depressed mother she ignored. Little by little, with the help of scenes in the present nicely sketched , emerges the moving portrait of an old maid haunted by a past that she partly exorcised in her work “.

In reality, In Mary’s shadow is part of a larger framework, a background movement that has crossed part of current Disney production for several years: the re-reading of its own history. A trend far from drying up and which should still appear in some future releases of the studio, or even accelerate. Moreover, the firm with big ears has just released The Return of Mary Poppins, following the adventures of the famous nanny, who is now played by Emily Blunt.

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Summary of In Mary’s shadow : When the Walt Disney Girls (Tom hanks) beg him to adapt their favorite book, “Mary Poppins” to the cinema, he makes them a promise … that it will take twenty years to keep! In his quest to obtain the rights to adapt the novel, Walt Disney will come up against author, Pamela Lyndon Travers (Emma thompson), a stubborn and inflexible woman who has no intention of letting her beloved heroine be manhandled by the Hollywood machine. But when sales of the book start to dwindle and money runs out, she reluctantly agrees to travel to Los Angeles to hear what Disney has come up with …

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