October is Black History Month and Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird is often celebrated as a pillar of Black History literature. It seems only apt, to then for this week’s DVD review to write about the 1962 film adaptation by Robert Mulligan.
Thankfully the film follows the storyline in the novel very closely and the film takes place almost entirely in a court room. The film is show through the eyes of Scout, the daughter of Lawyer Atticus Finch, who lives in the American state of Alabama. Scout and her brother Jem develop a fascination with their mysterious neighbour known as Boo Radley who lives a life of solitude. They often find gifts in a nearby tree and spend their summer afternoon’s spying on him from afar. The era in which the story takes place in the era of the Great Depression and Harper Lee wrote it at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Up until which, Black people had a tremendously hard time at being accepted by society. Atticus is assigned the case of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. Atticus, believing that everyone should be treated equally takes on the case and works hard at defending Tom Robinson. Scout and Jem end up getting bullied at school for their father’s decision and they soon become aware of the racism and evil in the people of their town.
When the accused is ‘murdered’ during transportation to prison, the father of the young girl who was raped attacks Scout on her way home from a Halloween party at her school. Boo Radley, now a friend to young Scout takes matters silently into his own hands, how far will he go to protect the young girl and to help Atticus?
To Kill a Mockingbird is a ground breaking representation of racism in the Southern states of America during the late 1920’s/early 1930’s and is widely celebrated by all ethnicities and backgrounds all over the world. Harper Lee has confessed that in palces the story is semi-autobiographical having observed similar situations during her childhood, growing up in Alabama. The film, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch was very well received by critics upon it’s released and hailed as a masterpiece, winning three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. Gregory Peck has often declared how lucky he was to be cast in such a defining role.
Borrow it today from the Information Store and immerse yourself in an outstanding, gripping and heart-warming story. You could borrow the book as well!
Further Reading in the Information Store:
To Kill a Mockingbird (DVD & Novel) – BOOK ZONE – 823.91 LEE
Independence & Equality by Elizabeth Cregan – BOOK ZONE – 323.4 CRE
Building the Future by Elizabeth Cregan – BOOK ZONE – 305.8 CRE