|P.L. Travers as an actress|
TRAVERSMy Zen master, because I’ve studied Zen for a long time, told me that every one (and all the stories weren’t written then) of the Mary Poppins stories is in essence a Zen story. And someone else, who is a bit of a Don Juan, told me that every one of the stories is a moment of tremendous sexual passion, because it begins with such tension and then it is reconciled and resolved in a way that is gloriously sensual.
INTERVIEWERSo people can read anything and everything into the stories?
TRAVERSIndeed. A great friend of mine... said, “I have to tell you that I loathe children’s books.” And I said to him, “Well, won’t you just read this just for my sake?” And he said grumpily, “Oh, very well, send it to me.” I did, and I got a letter back saying: “Why didn’t you tell me? Mary Poppins with her cool green core of sex has me enthralled forever.”
|Disney with Travers (right)|
As for realism in Saving Mr. Banks, there's plenty of truths mixed with questionable moments. The filmmakers make use of Traver's recordings and letters between Disney, Travers, the Shermans, and writer Don DaGradi (tapes of Travers can be heard in the end credits). They also had access to a documentary called The Shadow of "Mary Poppins". But despite a hands-off effort by Disney brass in the making of the film, some critics had a hard time looking at the film without thinking it was a clever marketing tool to re-promote one of the studio's most famous films.