Note the 'Not Suitable for Children' warning
Me, I'm keeping the original vision of Atticus in my head. Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for portraying the humane, deep-thinking lawyer in a small town full of small minds while Horton Foote's screenplay adaptation earned the film its second win. The film also took home a trophy for Best Art Direction for a black and white film. That was back in the day when they had separate categories for color films, which Lawrence of Arabia won. Lawrence also won Best Picture that year, although over fifty years later, To Kill a Mockingbird remains the more beloved and important movie, certainly to Americans.
Mary Badham was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her extraordinary performance as Scout but lost to Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. Ms. Badham has resurfaced with the publication of Go Set A Watchman. The now 62 year old Badham read from the new novel to a crowd of just under a thousand at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. According to the NY Times most attendees felt the book deserved to be read in light of the current dialogue on race relations in America. As far as Badham's opinion goes:
Ms. Badham said she found the idea of a more complex Atticus more fascinating than distasteful, especially Scout’s reaction to her father as a child and also as an adult. “As we all do, we look back on things and see our parents in a new light,” she said. “We see their flaws, sometimes understand their flaws, and still love them.”
Characters We Love
Here's the trailer; don't forget to expand it for max viewing, especially since this one ends with several blurbs. One of which says, contrary to the poster's warning: Bring the children.
Movie for a #ThrowbackThursday