To Kill a MockingbirdApril 29, 2008
This is one of my all-time favorite novels (written by Harper Lee in the sixties), and I do think the movie is an awesome version (very literal, not experimental, but that’s fine with me in this case!). Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is a lawyer, and Scout (Mary Badham) is his smallest daughter. Then there’s Jem, her elder brother, and a little friend who visits in the summer (inspired in writer Truman Capote). They go on lots of adventures together, and the 120 first pages of the book (Part I) is absolutely wonderful, on chilhood. The second part deals with The South and its racism. Tom Robinson, a Black man is accused of raping a white woman, and Atticus decides to defend him. Well, imagine. They get into a lot of trouble.
One of the most powerful scenes is one where the mob wants to drag Tom out of prison to lynch him and hang him, and Atticus stands in front of them, trying to talk them out of it. And then, the kids get in the way, and… Scout addresses one of the men who were wanting to lynch the prisoner… (You’ve got that scene in the TP link above).
I was looking for stuff on YouTube, and I found a little video dedicated to the main character: Scout, a girl played by Mary Bantham. The music playing in this video is a version of one of the most beautiful songs by Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely?”, which was dedicated to his baby daughter, or something.