Mary Poppins in London, a long history


Mary Poppins in London, a pleonasm…

Mary Poppins and London are inseparable. It’s hard to imagine the most famous nanny in film operating in a city other than the British capital.

In the 1965 version, Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews, flies past Big Ben on her way to the Banks’ residence. The nanny will bring a wonderful and enchanting world to the children of this couple who are too busy to care for them.

Unfortunately, this first film was shot almost exclusively in the studio, recreating the London sets and suggesting its location with a few shots shot in the capital. Among them, St. Paul’s Cathedral is particularly noteworthy.

Back to the roots for Mary Poppins

The Return of Mary Poppins makes up for this slight inconvenience. The hell of a nanny, played by Emily Blunt, returns to London 20 years later to save the Banks family once again. Only, the children have grown up, and Mary Poppins is going to have to help their descendants. It’s a real family affair.

The Return of Mary Poppins stands out from its predecessor in terms of locations. Among them, we recognize Buckingham Palace in the fog during a ride aboard a magic bicycle or the Bank Of England in front of which many cars from the 1930s parade. Big Ben also continues to have an important place in the sequel, but this new version did not forget other corners of London such as Blossom Street and Fleur de Lis Street for those many Victorian houses, ideal for the period of the film.

While waiting for the DVD release of the most magical housekeeper’s feature film, follow in the footsteps of your favourite heroine in London.

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By Anthony Thibault

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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