Playing Sunday, The Award Winning Film “To Kill A Mockingbird”
AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY/ McENTEE ROOM
Sunday, October 25, 2 PM
Newport Reads! – the Newport Library Foundation’s annual community reading event, will be held in November this year! On Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at the Newport Middle School, Marja Mills will give a presentation on her book, The Mockingbird Next Door, a memoir of her remarkable relationship with Harper Lee, the famously reclusive author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
To complement the November 2nd presentation, the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck will be shown at the Library on Sunday, October 25th at 2 p.m.
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter Scout.
While Robinson’s trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout’s ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris (a character based on Lee’s childhood chum Truman Capote), her father’s no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout’s reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley, the reclusive “village idiot” who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (PECK), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction.