Week 1 - the kite

The first objet you had to find was the kite

It is an important object in the movie because it symbolises the reconnection between Mr Banks and his children. At the end of the movie, Mr Banks realizes that his family is more important than his job. He decides to mend (= repair) his son's kite and go out with his family to make it fly.

When she sees the kite, Mrs Banks says: " a proper kite needs a proper tail". So she decides to tie (= attacher) her suffragette sash (= écharpe) to the kite. It is a blue white and pink ribbon which reads "VOTES FOR WOMEN". The movie takes place in 1910. At that time, women in England did NOT have the right to vote. Suffragettes were women who fought to have equal rights with men. It is only in 1928 that they became equal with men regarding voting rights. In France, women only got the right to vote in 1944!

The kite reappears in the movie Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Michael is now an adult and he finds this kite in the attic (= grenier) of the family house. His son decides to go out to make it fly. After it disappears in the clouds, Mary Poppins comes down from the sky, holding the kite.

 

 

 

 

THE CLUES

 

Just like (= comme) Mrs Banks says, a kite must have a TAIL! A kite can fly thanks to the WIND. Some people use kites to SURF on the ocean. This sport is called "kitesurfing". Finally, the SONG that Mr Banks and the family sing at the end of the film is entitled "Let Go Fly a Kite". Here are the lyrics and the video:

With tuppins for paper and string
you can have your own set of wings
with your feet on the ground you're a bird in flight
with your fist holding tight,
to the string of your kite

Ohh Ohh Ohh


Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height
let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
up, through the atmosphere
up, where the air is clear
Ohh Let's go fly a kite

When you send it flying up there
all at once you're lighter then air
You can dance on the breeze
over houses and trees
with your fist holding tight
to the string of your kite

Ohh Ohh Ohh


Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height
let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
up, through the atmosphere
up, where the air is clear
Ohh Let's go fly a kite

BONUS

 

Scene from Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Here is a video of the Premiere night of Saving Mr Banks in Los Angeles with the actors. At 0:35, you can see Julie Andrews, the actress who played Mary Poppins in the 1964 movie! And just after her, you will see Dick Van Dyke, the actor who played Burt, the chimney sweep (= ramoneur).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A video filmed in Leicester Square, London, when Saving Mr Banks was released in 2013.

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