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Mary Poppins : radical elevation in the 1960s

Mary Poppins : radical elevation in the 1960s / Leslie Abramson.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023.
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x, 130 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"This volume examines Mary Poppins as a 1960s film reflecting and invested in its radically changing times, a largely but not unmitigatedly antiestablishment musical resonant with conditions and issues powerfully affecting baby boomers. Among the explosion of baby boomer films that rocked the 1960s, the most stirring early work was likely Mary Poppins. This 1964 film captivated young audiences, earning top-grossing ticket sales, multiple Oscars, and landmark status as a cultural phenomenon. The book illuminates Poppins as a musical teeming with preoccupations of American youth in the early-mid 1960s, including antiestablishment desires, anxieties, and pleasures. Reading against the dominant grain, this book deciphers Poppins as a midcentury reflection that spans the generation gap, dysfunctional nuclear family, youth unrest, activism including feminist advocacy, counterculturalism, capitalist imperialism, race relations, socially conscious music, and hallucinogenic consciousness expansion. Conjunctively, the book explores tensions inherent in this studio production as a mainstream Disney release evoking imperatives of 1960s American youth while sanitizing figures and values representing radical change. Further, examining the film's multiplicitous authorship, this volume traces Poppins' origins in the writings and life of nonconformist author P.L. Travers as well as in Disney cinema and the studio's adaptation processes. Analysis extends to diverse facets of Poppins' reception, including the shifting image of its star, Julie Andrews, the film's influence on popular culture and controversy among some as an adaptation, its appropriation by drug culture, association with the teenpic, and status as cinema of social consciousness. This book is ideal for students, researchers and scholars of cinema studies and youth culture"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Abramson, Leslie H., 1957- Mary Poppins Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023
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April 06, 2023
Cinema and youth cultures.
Cinema and youth cultures
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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