Wednesday, April 4, 2012

President Obama to introduce To Kill a Mockingbird

24 Frames reports: President Obama will introduce a new restoration of the 1962 courtroom drama To Kill a Mockingbird on April 7 on the USA Network.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of white Southern lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), who defends a black man accused of rape, Tom Robinson (Brock Peters).

The airing on USA marks the first national broadcast of the movie since it was digitally remastered and restored by Universal Pictures and the American Film Institute in conjunction with Universal's centennial this year.

"I'm deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by introducing it to a national audience," Lee said in a statement. "I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I'm proud to know that Gregory Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on -- in a world that needs him now more than ever."

USA is broadcasting To Kill a Mockingbird as part of its "Characters Unite" public-service campaign, a bid to combat discrimination through on-air programming, digital content and events.

To Kill a Mockingbird won Peck an Academy Award for best actor. The film also won Oscars for adapted screenplay and art direction.

<-- I've read the book and seen the film. They're both equally gripping. The book is a masterwork in story telling from a kid's point a view. While the film has a master actor in Gregory Peck.

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