Thursday, October 2, 2014

Alex Watches 'Mary Poppins'



Song:  Overture from 'Mary Poppins'

From:  Movie Soundtrack




I had watched 'Saving Mr. Banks' a couple of nights ago...
and I remembered how much I had loved the movie 'Mary Poppins'.

I remember my parents taking us to see it almost 50 years ago...
when it had first come out (we were living in Japan at the time).

So...
I thought how Alex would enjoy rewatching this movie.

And, as with the Korean Dramas I have Alex watch...
there is a purpose behind what we watch.

I have long greatly admired Julie Andrews.
She is the epitome of feminine grace and beauty.
Her voice is crystal clear (as is her annunciation)...
her tone is pure, her voice control... masterful.

There simply has not been any greater vocalist I have ever heard.

 Mary Poppins (the character) displays many of the attributes
I wish for Alex to look for in a potential mate, later in his future.

She is very feminine, graceful, kind, has a high amount of maternal instinct...
and she is highly intelligent.

In short...
'Marry Poppins... practically perfect in every way'.  :)


I had prefaced our viewing by giving Alex some background information
on the film and on the actors.


Walt Disney had gathered the best the world had to offer
to make this grand masterpiece of cinematic history.


Julie Andrews...
a child singing prodigy.

In my mind...
no one has ever had her perfect...
pitch...
annunciation...
and pure tones...
or her absolute voice control.

In conjunction with the above attributes...
 Julie Andrews' unmatched feminine grace as expressed
 in her extremely efficient and effortless flowing motions as she dances and sings... 
and in her stunning beauty, as especially seen in her large expressive eyes
and in her warm and sincere smile...
places her in a class all her own.

Julie Andrews is feminine perfection.




Dick Van Dyke...
as a pure physical comedian...
no one could match him.

The only other person in his class...even today...
is Jackie Chan.

Both of these greats make me laugh so much.



David Tomlison...


and Glynis Johns.


Although I don't know much about them...
just from seeing them in this one film...
I know they must have had extensive theater performance experience.

As theater actors must exaggerate their facial expressions and motions...
and must project their voices for the audiences to be able to fully
experience the characters from anywhere in the theater...
and as both of them were very talented in their performance
as they had demonstrated these attributes...
I can safely conclude that not only were these two 
solidly grounded in the theater arts...
the theater arts have produced many great actors
precisely because of the performer's great number of hours honing 
these same great performing attributes.


The child actors were also very cute.

The girl had a deep soul...
and the boy had just the right amount of rascal in him
to endear them to the audience.

To this day...
I am sure that both of the child actors are deeply proud 
for having been part of one of the greatest films of all time.


'Mary Poppins' has some of the most memorable, recognizable...
and loved soundtrack music ever produced (tied with 'The Sound of Music').

'Mary Poppins' is a true classic.

And as true classics always are...
they may be enjoyed time and again because it is not necessarily 
the conclusion which is so highly enjoyable...
it is the journey.


After our viewing of 'Mary Poppins' last night...
Alex and I had discussed, not only the story...
but the characters and the actors...
mostly of Julie Andrews.

As we had shown this movie to Alex when he was very young...
I had first asked him if he had remembered this movie.

Alex said that he did...
but that he had enjoyed the movie far more this time.

Alex said he loved the music and how they had blended it seamlessly into the story.

Alex recognized the absolutely beautiful voice of Julie Andrews.
He also thought that the character of Julie Andrews was very kind.

This is what I think is important for Alex to recognize.

By looking into the heart of a person...
that is where true beauty lies.


Tonight's movie is
(I am sure you have already guessed it :)...

'The Sound Of Music'.







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