Sunday, December 29, 2013

Milk First

It's cold here in the midwest, heading for sub-zero temperatures this week. A chilly afternoon makes a great excuse to cozy up and watch movies. Today we took in "Saving Mr Banks", currently in theaters.

"Saving Mr. Banks" is based around PL Travers (author of the classic Mary Poppins book series) early life, and a later time involving Walt Disney's vision to make Travers's work into a film. I love any film dealing with creative process. Those of us who are storytellers, why do we pick the themes we explore?  Horton Foote, a great American playwright, said that we don't choose the material we write about, it chooses us.  I was reminded of this in "Saving Mr Banks". What we create as writers and artists is never far from our core being. It's good fodder to ponder these last few days of 2013. I had a nice pot of tea over it this afternoon (milk first, as PL Travers instructed). I look forward to more chats about creativity here in the New Year.

PL Travers


Julia Kelly said...

So want to see that movie! Hope you had a nice Christmas and wishing you a wonderful New Year as well!

Gwendolyn Countryman said...

Beautiful illustration, Claudia!

Claudia said...

@Julia- yes, I'd love to see your review on it! I think you'll like the interesting relationship between Walt and Mrs Travers (as they individually liked to be called). I also loved the nostalgic film set (almost made me want to go to LA) AND the costume design. Emma Thompson was supposed to be a little spinster-esque, but her tweed suits were impeccably tailored. Plus very cool jewelry of the time. Happy New Year New to you, too!

And thank you Gwen!

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