The Monday Movie in the Amphitheatre for July 25 will be “Mary Poppins” (1964, USA), beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre. The movie series is free, hosted by the adjacent Camden Public Library. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfortable seating.

“Mary Poppins” is perhaps the most beloved of all Disney films. Julie Andrews plays Mary Poppins, a magical and loving woman who descends from the clouds in response to the Banks children’s advertisement for a nanny. She is not only firm in her use of authority, but also gentle and kind — a major departure from the original books, in which the character was strict and pompous.

Dick Van Dyke is Bert, a cockney jack-of-all-trades and Mary Poppins’s closest friend, who is completely accustomed to her magic. Their playful interactions imply they have known each other for a long time, and that this kind of story has repeated itself many times. Bert has at least four jobs throughout the film: a one-man band; pavement chalk artist; chimney sweep; and kite seller.

The theme for the movie series this summer is Books to Movies. “Mary Poppins” is inspired by a series of eight children’s books by P. L. Travers published between 1934 and 1988 (“Saving Mr. Banks,” a film from 2013, is based on the story of Walt Disney and P.L. Travers). Mary Shepard was the illustrator throughout the series. “Mary Poppins,” based on the first four books in the series, by Walt Disney Productions in 1964. The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Julie Andrews winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mary Poppins. The film won an additional four Oscars for Best Original Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score. The movie takes place in the year 1910.

Upcoming films in the Monday Movie series include: Aug. 1, “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA); Aug. 8, “Stardust” (2007, UK/USA/Iceland); Aug. 15, “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” (1995, UK).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or