Happy 50th Birthday – To Kill a Mockingbird (film)

6 Apr

This weekend marks the 50th birthday of the film version of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and there are a number of resources out there. I’ve compiled a few here:

— The USA Network is airing the film tomorrow, Saturday 8pm with a special introduction from President Obama.

— WBUR “revisit[s] a conversation [they] had in May of 2011 with Mary McDonagh Murphy, producer of the documentary, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Murphy’s film looks at how Lee’s classic American novel broke ground when it was first published and unearths a rare radio interview with the now-reclusive author. In the interview, Lee talks about the success of her book.

“My reaction to it, was not one of surprise,” she said, “It was of sheer numbness… of being hit over the head and knocked out cold.'”

— Wondering what the differences are between the film and the novel? Click this link to find out.

— Universal Studios offers up a quick look at the behind the scenes action.

Have you seen the film? What did you like or not like about it? If you were the director, what would you have done differently?

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