Jun 5, 2010

13th June 2010; To Kill a Mocking Bird

To Kill a Mockingbird
A film by Robert Mulligan
Year 1962
Runtime:129 min
English with English subtitles
13th June 2010; 5.45 pm
Perks Mini Theater, Perks School

Screening will be followed by 20 minutes
documentary with director Robert Mulligan,
Gregory Peck and others

Harper Lee's highly regarded and eminently successful first novel has been artfully and delicately translated to the screen."To Kill a Mockingbird" is a major film achievement, a significant, captivating and memorable picture that ranks with the best of recent years. Its success in the literary world seems certain to be replicated in the theatrical sphere.

As it unfolds on the screen, "To Kill a Mockingbird" bears with it, oddly enough, alternating overtones of Faulkner, Twain, Steinbeck, Hitchcock and an Our Gang comedy. The power and fascination of the story lies in the disarming and enthralling contrast of its two basic plot components.
A telling indictment of racial prejudice in the deep South, it is also a charming tale of the emergence of two youngsters from the realm of wild childhood fantasy to the horizon of maturity, responsibility, compassion and social insight.

It is the story of a wise, gentle, soft-spoken Alabama lawyer (Gregory Peck) entrusted with the formidable dual chore of defending a Negro falsely accused of rape while raising his own impressionable, imaginative, motherless children in a hostile, terrifying environment of bigotry and economic depression.

The characters are strict where they stand, whether it’s good or evil, or anything that the kid’s memory makes up. It’s all really well made and I applaud these two for their work. I also applaud Horton Foote for his fine adaptation of this great book.

The performances are dead-on. Gregory Peck is masterful in the role of Atticus Finch, never overdoing his emotions. Mary Badham (who is sister of director John Badham) is also impressive as Scout but is closely matched by Phillip Alford as Jem. All three combined steal the show. The rest of the cast is also great, and you will forever have James Anderson as the evil “white trash” Bob Ewell.
It’s a family film that everyone should enjoy. One of the finest films ever made, this film will really make you remember those days when you were a kid and how great and happy and good looking the world around you looked, plus at the same time, teaching and refining some moral values that are still effervescent today as they were many years ago.

Robert Mulligan

Robert Patrick Mulligan was born in the Bronx on Aug. 23, 1925. Mulligan studied at Fordham University before serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. At war's end, he obtained work in the editorial department of the New York Times, but left to pursue a career in television.

Employed by the CBS network, Mulligan began his television career at the bottom of the ladder as a messenger boy. He worked his way up, learned the business and by 1948 he was directing important dramatic series. In 1959 he won an Emmy Award for directing The Moon and Sixpence, a made-for-television production that marked the American small-screen debut of Laurence Olivier.

In 1957 Robert Mulligan directed his first motion picture (Fear Strikes Out) and five years later received wide acclaim and Academy Award and Directors Guild of America nominations for To Kill a Mockingbird. In the same year, he also directed a film with stars Rock Hudson and Burl Ives, called The Spiral Road, based on the book by Jan de Hartog.

In 1972, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director and another Directors Guild Award for the highly successful Summer of '42.

His final film was 1991's The Man in the Moon

In “To Kill a Mockingbird” and many other films, Mr. Mulligan was commended for his keen attention to the inner lives of young people, and for coaxing nuanced performances from the actors who played them.

"You never really understand a person," Atticus says, "until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." Tolerance ripening into fascination, and then to empathy: that was Mulligan's strength, especially in his psychological portraiture of the young. You could call him the J.D. Salinger of directors and be grateful that, in his movie heart, he stayed so young so long.

Mulligan passed away at the age of 83.

1 comment:

|கீதப்ப்ரியன்|Geethappriyan| said...

அன்பின் சரத் சந்திரன்,
உங்களை இவ்வளவு தாமதமாக கண்டுகொண்டமைக்கு வருத்தப்பட்டேன்.எவ்வளவு பெரிய விஷயங்களை சத்தமில்லாமல் நிகழ்த்திவருகிறீர்கள்?மலைக்க வைக்கிறது,இந்த மேனமையான விஷயத்தை கண்டவன்,நண்பர் கருந்தேள் -ராஜேஷிடம் பகிர,அவர் என் நண்பர் என சொல்லி அதிரவைத்தார்,மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சி,தொடர்ந்து பணியாற்றுவோம்,நேரம் வாய்க்கையில் சந்திப்போம்,உங்கள் உலக சினிமா எக்ஸல் ஃபைலை பார்த்துவிட்டு ஆடிப்போய்விட்டேன், அதில் சுமார் 500 பார்த்திருப்பேன்,மீதமுள்ள படங்களையும் பார்க்கும் வெறி வந்துவிட்டது, பார்த்த படங்களை ஒவ்வொன்றாய் உலக சினிமா ஸ்லைடிங் ஷோ விஜெட்டில் ஏற்றுகிறேன்,இதுவரை 530 ஆகியுள்ளது,உங்கள் படங்கள் விரைவில் ஏற்றப்போகிறேன்.உங்களை அறிந்துகொண்டதில் மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சி,என் நண்பர்களுக்கு ஆவலாய் உரைப்பேன்.நன்றி.

நீங்கள் தமிழிலும் எழுதவேண்டும் என்பது எங்கள் விருப்பம்,ராஜேஷ் பேசுவார்.சென்னையில் இதுபோல எல்லாம் நான் கண்டதில்லை,மிகவும் வருந்துகிறேன் கோவையில் இல்லையே என்று!