BBC - Mark Kermode's film blog

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Watched a doc last night celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of To kill a Mockingbird:

To Kill a Mockingbird on iPlayer

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is widely regarded as one of the most significant works of its time. Tackling themes of prejudice and courage in America's Deep South, it was published in 1960 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the US. Seen through the eyes of a child, the story evokes a time when America's core values were being questioned and examined from within, bringing a national significance to a story set in a small-town community.
It was to be Harper Lee's only novel, which brought her worldwide fame, but turned her into a virtual recluse. In 1962 it was turned into a film starring Gregory Peck and, after four nominations, he finally won an Oscar for his portrayal of the novel's quiet hero, lawyer Atticus Finch.

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