To Kill A Mockingbird: 50 weeks/50 films

Jan 31, 2011

From Lee Anne:
This movie was strangely familiar.
Maybe I read it in high school. I’m certain I haven’t watched it before.
{Most likely I read the cliff notes of it in high school & wrote a paper on it.}
It was a fantastic film. Gripping, heartbreaking, wonderful.

I loved it.
So far, with each film from this project, I’ve just been amazed that I’ve made it this far in my journey of film watching without having seen such incredible films. And with each film, I’ve started to understand so many references from so many films that came after these. Boo Radley. Oh, my.

If you’ve not seen this movie, see it.
It will challenge you to do something with your life.
{If you have a heart, that is.}
It will remind you of the humanity of all people, the equality of people, the power of community.
It will, most probably, break your heart.
But, it will make you take a look around for the underdog more often & hopefully, search for truth.

From John:

This is a film I have been putting off because of something I’m totally ashamed to admit…. It’s old. ūüė¶

Now to anyone who asks me I would say that old, slower, and even silent cinema can be truly amazing and even though it’s not always the case with this film it¬†definitely¬†is. The use of shadows and light really make the mood of the film tangible.

As the story unfolds we see the progression of time in subtle but concrete ways, and we are reminded of that time when life seemed endlessly fun and adventurous. While watching the three children in this film I recalled little moments growing up in Virginia when summer was the best thing in life.

To Kill A Mockingbird is the story of someone going well out of his way to protect an innocent man from a whole society against him. The innocent man is asked to bear the burden for the sins of others without any choice in the matter. It seems so obvious that this is wrong but the men who rage together through out the film are completely blind to their own ways.

Something about the age of the film is the black and white photography. It’s always difficult to go against the tide of “HD” and “Super Hi-Def” that we live in but the dance of light and darkness in this piece of cinema proves that even without color amazing cinematography¬†ALWAYS beats the latest technology. When the camera only gave us an idea of what has going on (like when one of the kids ran away and we hear the sound of a gun shot in the distance) our imaginations kicked in with all the details¬†necessary.

After watching this film I felt a great responsibility to Amelie, to teach her about the value of justice and honor and conviction. Few films have had such a powerful impact on the soul level in this way. My hope is that more people will see this film and more filmmakers will films that seek to display such valor.

2 thoughts on “To Kill A Mockingbird: 50 weeks/50 films”

  1. I teach this book every year to my 9th graders. And after reading the book, we watch the movie. The old version. My favorite part (and the one that makes me cry every time) is when the child Scout is standing on Boo’s porch and the adult Scout narrator remembers Atticus’s words,” You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Makes me cry every time.

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  2. I love To Kill a Mockingbird! I had never read it or seen the movie until my aunt performed in the play. She played adult Scout, the narrator and I felt driven to see what I had been missing. I have since read the story and seen the movie (more than once) and love them both.

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