To Kill a Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbirdSuch an honor to watch the heart-warming, classic, All-American film, To Kill a Mockingbird again this evening. Harper Lee’s novel got the royal treatment in 1962 when Gregory Peck stepped into the shoes of lawyer Atticus Finch. Peck deservedly won his Best Actor Oscar that year. Such a talented man. He lives Atticus. Elmer Bernstein lost but his haunting score adds an element to the film separate from the rest of the contributions. I had the pleasure of meeting Bernstein while working at Alternative Videos of Woodstock in the early 2000’s when he was researching Todd Haynes’ films before he created the score to Far from Heaven. Such an honor to assist this man as he created yet another masterpiece. Of course what made To Kill a Mockingbird work was the three young actors who played the children’s roles – Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, and John Megna. Without them rising to the occasion, the film would have collapsed. Thanks to director Robert Mulligan and the casting agents for creating magic with unknown, authentic child actors. Anyone with a heart has to embrace the values and message of this film. Sadly topical today, the story of an African-American man wrongfully accused of a crime rings horribly true as much in 2015 as it did in 1962. To Kill a Mockingbird is the kind of film that brings diverse movie audiences together as it creates an accessible, homespun, important, poignant film. 5 out of 5 for this absolute classic.

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2 Responses to “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  1. urbanfoodguy Says:

    Love love love this film thanks for the reminder! Oh and also it was Robert Duvall’s big film break for his classic portrayal of Boo Radley!

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