Memories of high school English class abound in February’s installment of the Classic Film Series. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) earned the highest acclaim in both novel (by Harper Lee) and film (directed by Robert Mulligan) forms. Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1963, it came away with three, including Best Actor, for Gregory Peck. I would say he deserves an Oscar just for being around, but his portrayal of Atticus Finch is indeed worthy of praise.
Set in depression-era Southern United States, it is a story of oppression told through the eyes of a young child whose father, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), is a lawyer defending a Black man on trial for a crime he did not commit. Amongst social prejudice and injustice, Finch stands as a pillar of moral integrity. Standing up for human rights not just with his words, but his actions as well, he instills in his children the importance of goodness, compassion, and humanity.
At once, simplistic and complex, To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic revisit I would highly recommend again and again. Shown in digital format as part of the Classic Film Series, you can catch it on the big screen Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 pm or for a matinee on Sunday, February 19 at 12:30 pm. Tickets cost $5.
Cineplex Classic Film Series is a monthly event, bringing beloved films back to the big screen. Don’t miss next month with a return to the magic and wonder of Roald Dahl in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . For more information, please visit their website.