Dion Beebe (‘Mary Poppins Returns’ cinematographer) on shooting such a boldly uncynical film [Exclusive Video Interview]

Dion Beebe (‘Mary Poppins Returns’ cinematographer) on shooting such a boldly uncynical film [Exclusive Video Interview]
Mary Poppins Returns” cinematographer Dion Beebe and director Rob Marshall were excited to “embark on a movie that is completely devoid of cynicism. You don’t get that opportunity very often,” Beebe says. A sequel to the 1964 Disney classic, the film finds the practically perfect nanny (Emily Blunt) returning to once again help the Banks family using a little magic, music, and mirth. Watch our exclusive video interview with Beebe above.

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“I think in order to survive, we become cynical,” Beebe continues. “So to have this character who is feisty and opinionated, but is also joyful and does everything with good intention” felt like a spoonful of sugar for troubled times.

Beebe, who won an Oscar for Marshall’s “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), needed to figure out how to “reconcile that iconic original with essentially a modern-day version.” The first film “is very
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