Mary Poppins

No tickets required for this FREE screening.

Sunday March 3, 2019 — 2:30 PM
Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater
2799 Cranston Rd. Beloit

Sponsored by:

First National Bank and Trust | Beloit, Janesville, Monroe

The First National Bank Classic Film

The First National Bank Classic Film is the final official event on the ten-day BIFF schedule and thanks to the sponsor, it is offered free. No wonder, it attracts one of the largest crowds of BIFF.

Mary Poppins Movie Poster


When Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns).

Film’s Significance


Mary Poppins was released on August 27, 1964, to critical acclaim. It received a total of 13 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture – a record for any other film released by Walt Disney Studios – and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

Mary Poppins is widely considered to be Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement”. It was the only film of Disney’s to garner a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars in his lifetime.

Never at ease with the handling of her property by Disney or the way she felt she had been treated, Travers would never again agree to another Poppins/Disney adaptation. So fervent was Travers’ dislike of the Disney adaptation and of the way she felt she had been treated during the production, that when producer Cameron Mackintosh approached her about the stage musical in the 1990s, she acquiesced on the condition that he used only English-born writers and no one from the film production were to be directly involved with creating the stage musical.

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