The final movie in Camden Public Library's summer Monday Night Movie series will be “Mary Poppins,” screened Aug. 22 at 7:45 p.m. This movie was re-scheduled from earlier in the summer. The screening is free; attendees should bring blankets or chairs for comfortable seating.

“Mary Poppins” (1964, USA) runs about t2wo hours and 20 minutes and is perhaps the most beloved of all Disney films. Julie Andrews plays the title character, 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 gentle and kind as well — a major departure from the original books, in which the character was strict and pompous.

Dick Van Dyke plays Bert, a cockney jack-of-all-trades and Mary Poppins’ closest friend, who is completely accustomed to her magic. Their playful interactions imply that they have known each other for a long time … and that this kind of story has repeated itself many times.

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. 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.

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