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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
January 28, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Littleton
January 28 @ 7:00 p.m.
“I THINK THERE’S JUST ONE KIND OF FOLKS. FOLKS.” – SCOUT
To call both Harper Lee’s book and the cinematic adaptation American classics in their respective mediums would be an understatement. While that’s true it’s more appropriate to place TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as the most socially influential, relevant and important work of American art of the 1960s.
Usually when it comes to novel’s of such astounding craft and acclaim a film version is almost guaranteed to disappoint. It’s safe to say Robert Mulligan’s film is far from inferior to its source. Anchored by one of the all-time great performances in film history by Gregory Peck as the heroic, intelligent father Atticus Finch, Elmer Bernstein’s beautiful score and Horton Foote’s flawless screenplay, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is that rare film that captures the many emotions and nuances in a work as rich as Lee’s novel.
While the film reaches deep to shed light on southern America’s dark truths it’s also an amazingly entertaining, even enjoyable film to experience. It’s not an easy feat to accomplish in book form and even harder to pull off on the big screen.
The film takes place in the town of Maycomb, Alabama; a place touched by rampant poverty and racism. Atticus Finch is the public defender and his two children, hard-nosed tomboy Scout and her brother Jem, are exposed to these norms of the 1930s and ‘40s American south.