“Forgotten Hollywood”- To Kill a Mockingbird Screening…

Posted on June 28, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   I have been invited once again to the South Pasadena Public Library to host a screening of the iconic 1962 motion picture To Kill a Mockingbird. Joining me for a Q&A and reading from the Harper Lee novel is actor Dean Ghaffari. The event is Monday, July 6th at 7p.

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   The free screening of this Oscar-winning movie is being shown in conjunction with the distribution of Harper Lee’s follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, set for release July 14th. It’s her first novel in over 50 years. In 1999, To Kill a Mockingbird was selected as Best Novel of the Century by Library Journal, and was accorded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

 

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   The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning work. It’s a rare case in which the movie compliments the literature. This was surmised by Lee. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus Finch was timely and rings true to the politics of the day. This was also Robert Duvall’s film debut as Boo Radley. Elmer Bernstein’s music for To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as one of the great film scores. It was his personal favorite… That’s saying a lot from the composer of The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, True Grit, Stripes, The Ten Commandments, and Airplane.

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   Dean Ghaffari is currently co-starring in An Evening with Sal Mineo and Edgar Allan Poe, which will be presented at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena on July 17th and 18th. Dean performance explores the career of the gifted star of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Exodus, and The Longest Day. He also examines Sal’s pioneering role in publicly proclaiming his bisexuality in the 1960s. The pairing of Mineo and Poe is a true metaphoric Hollywood-and-Vine moment, where entertainment and history crosses in one shining instance.

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   The South Pasadena Public Library is at 1115 El Centro St. in Southern California. I personally invite my cinema friends to this marvelous event. I’ll also be signing copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series for interested readers. Together, we can enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen, where it belongs.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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