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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Tue, Sep 20 7:00 PM


Best of the Big Screen!

Tuesday, September 20th at 7 PM

60th Anniversary Celebration! New digital restoration!


Introduction by Philip Harwood

Members $10 | Public $15

Sixty years after it premiered, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most treasured films in Hollywood history. In 1995 it was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Faithfully adapted by playwright Horton Foote from Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film and the book have become so intertwined in the national consciousness that they have blended as “an inescapable part of our cultural DNA.” Directed by Robert Mulligan, the film gave Gregory Peck the iconic role of a lifetime, that of Atticus Finch, the small-town lawyer who defends Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of raping a white woman, invoking the ire of the bigoted white community. Peck’s performance resonated so strongly that when the American Film Institute conducted a poll of all-time screen heroes, his portrayal of Finch was voted number one, ahead of such screen favorites as Han Solo and James Bond. Peck closely identified with the themes of parenting two young children, and those of social and racial justice at the height of the Civil Rights era. He was awarded a very popular Best Actor Oscar in one of the most competitive Oscar races of the twentieth century. Among the film’s eight total nominations (including Best Picture and Director) is one for Supporting Actress, which went to screen newcomer Mary Badham as Scout, the impressionable six-year-old daughter of Atticus, and it is through her eyes the story unfolds. Her remarkable performance conveys all the wonderment and innocence of childhood imagination, and she is ably supported by a stellar cast, including Robert Duvall in his screen debut in the pivotal role of “Boo” Radley.  Harper Lee was involved in the film’s preparation and was “very proud and very grateful” for the fidelity of the finished film. (USA, 1962, 129 min., B&W, DCP / Director: Robert Mulligan / Writer: Horton Foote, based on the novel by Harper Lee / Cast: Gregory PeckMary BadhamBrock PetersRobert Duvall)

Still from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

Film poster for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)