Lee’s first (and so far only) novel was a literary sensation, scooping the Pulitzer prize and shifting 2.5m copies in its first year of publication. Clearly the screen version strikes a similar chord. This is a film we cherish in the same way we cherish It’s a Wonderful Life, or The Wizard of Oz. Sensitively scripted by Foote, To Kill a Mockingbird spins a vibrant, child’s-eye view of adult torments and boasts a career-best turn from Gregory Peck as the iconic Atticus Finch. Needless to say it could all have been so different. Legend has it that Peck only agreed to the role after the producers’ first choice, Rock Hudson, turned it down. –Xan Brooks, The Guardian
In an era in which consistent visual style seems perhaps too uniformly held as the prerequisite of the valorized auteur, one can all too easily understand why Robert Mulligan’s work has failed to evince any passionate critical interest. His films all look so different; for instance, To Kill a Mockingbird , with its black-and-white measured pictorialism; Up the down Staircase , photographed on location with a documentary graininess; The Other , with its heightened Gothic expressionism rather conventional to the horror genre, if not to Mulligan’s previous work; and The Summer of ‘42 , with a pastel prettiness that suffuses each image with the nostalgia of memory. If some would claim this visual eclecticism reflects the lack of a strong personality, others could claim that Mulligan has too much respect for his material to impose arbitrarily upon it some monolithic consistency and instead brings to his subjects the sensibility of a somewhat self-effacing Hollywood craftsman. Yet there are… read more
Sarebbe ingiusto se lo confrontassi col libro (sicuramente più completo), il film è comunque meraviglioso, la parte del tribunale è ugualmente ipnotizzante e il finale, con quell'incontro, mi ha commosso. Un grande capolavoro e un classico, una storia tenera ma che sa quando colpire duro.
A monumental portrait of true heroism, epitomized by Gregory Peck's superb understated performance of Attorney, single father, Atticus Finch who literally risks his life to defend an African American man incorrectly accused of rape by the town bigot. A portrait of moral tack, fiber and integrity that bears no equal in cinema. AFI named Peck's quiet, touching, iconic performance as the #1 film hero of all time!
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It’s been said that everyone has at least one book inside them, and in Harper Lee’s case she showed scant regard for the aphorism by having her one and only novel win a Pulitzer Prize. The book was… read review
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird told us that human beings are not so different from one another in terms of race. It also embodies of how a child sees things in life… read review
disappointing adaptation of harper lee’s wonderful novel.,
for me, this film do not have the initial greatness of the book, which is the world seen through the eye of a child, this film focused… read review