Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
This is a somewhat fictionalized account of when P.L. Travers came to California in order to oversee the scriptwriting for her most famous book, Mary Poppins. In case the title of the movie is too obscure: the Banks family is one that "acquires" Mary Poppins when the winds change.
The movie switches back and forth between 1961 when Travers made her trip to LA and 1905-6 when she was young girl (6-7) moving to a relatively remote town, Allora, Australia, where her father was made a bank manager. The movie links Travers' personal story with those of the children in Mary Poppins in that they were both children of bank managers (I guess write what you know). Unlike Mr. Banks, Travers' father died rather young (43) due to influenza complicated by his alcoholism a few years following this move.
Disney had been persuing Travers since 1938 when his daughters first insisted that he make a Mary Poppins movie, so it had been 23 years before she allowed herself to even talk to Disney and his screenwriter and the musical team of the Sherman brothers. She did leave in a huff before signing the contract that would allow Disney to proceed, but follow-up scene where Disney appeared at her doorstep in London didn't happen (it was actually a phone call but according to a biographer of Travers the subject of the call was accurate).
During the course of writing "Mary Poppins", Travers insisted that they record to reel-to-reel tape the proceedings of the meetings. There are 39 hours of these tapes. Over the ending credits as some of the cast names are shown over the pictures of the people they played as they appeared at the Hollywood opening of "Mary Poppins" or in behind-the-scene pictures taken at the time of Travers' trip to LA, the audience can listen to part of one of the tapes.
There are some interesting notes on how this movie was shopped around. Because one of the key characters in the movie was Walt Disney himself (played nicely by Tom Hanks), it was something of mystery that the original producers went to other studios before finally "settling" on Walt Disney Pictures. Of course it seems obvious that no other studio would attempt to portray Disney or have access to the old "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" TV program or to Disneyland or to "Mary Poppins" itself, but apparently there is still some bad feelings on Travers' and her family's part towards Disney (so much so that when a stage musical was produced in 1994 Travers initially refused to allow any of the music from the movie of "Mary Poppins" to be used. Eventually she relented and allowed some of the music but insisted that no Americans could take part including the Sherman brothers, both of whom were alive at the time).
In the interest of accuracy Hanks insisted that something of Disney's smoking habit be included (he was a 2-pack-a-day smoker with a horrendous cough that could be heard wherever he was), but the family insisted that they keep most of this out (as Disney himself was never seen smoking in public and didn't want to have his habit shown to the children). As a compromise there is a scene where Travers (played by Emma Thompson) is hurriedly going through Walt Disney's offices and as she enters his personal office you can see Disney (Hanks) going through the actions of stubbing out a cigarette in an ashtray (although there is no smoke in the air).
Come to think of it: I don't think I have ever seen from beginning to end all of "Mary Poppins". It's possible that I have seen all of it in bits and pieces but never all at one go. Maybe I will do that, but after I can track down one of Travers' Mary Poppins book.