To Kill a Mockingbird
1962 / USA / 129 min. / B&W
Director: Robert Mulligan
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Robert Duvall
Gregory Peck as the quiet, determined and supremely human lawyer, Atticus Finch, is simply magnificent – as befits the lead role in one of the greatest films to come out of Hollywood. The story of racial bigotry leading to appalling injustice is beautifully balanced, not least by the poignant but knowing innocence of the Finch’s two children. Yes, the film is as concerned with assuaging white guilt as it is with highlighting black suffering; but it makes compelling viewing.