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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is in the ImDB Top 50 charts, and even though I've never been much of a charts person, I found them to be strangely accurate and have more than merely enjoyed each of the movies ranked 8 or above by the visitors of the site, with the exception of the fantasy and some of the science fiction movies — those are just not my thing.

I've owned the Mockinbird movie for quite a while but it's been until tonight that I haven't watched it. Whenever I took it out, I dismissed it as being too serious, as yet another movie that dealt with the topic of the inhuman treating of negroes in America, and similar to movies depicting Third Reich Germany, I've reached the point of saturation fairly soon, having seen The Shawshank Redemption, Mississippi Burning, and Malcolm X and many others.

To Kill a Mockingbird was somewhat different in that its main focus is the relationship between the defendant's lawyer Atticus and his children, Jem and Scout. Especially Scout, the daughter, played by Mary Badham (who was to become to youngest nominee for the Best Supporting Actress award) displays a character that got right to my heart, but this is not to discredit Gregory Peck, who plays Atticus, and Robert Mulligan's directing, or most any of the other actors involved.

I feel unable to write about the film, unable to find the right words. This is not to say that I am too moved by it, but simply because I wouldn't be able to describe the sheer beauty I found during the two hours it lasted.

Definitely recommended.

NP: Yue / ZKM Improv, 2006-04-29