It’s been 50 years since the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird was released, and to celebrate, President Obama and the American Film Institute will be hosting a screening at the White House.
Based on the 1960 novel, the film stars silver screen legend Gregory Peck as an Alabama attorney who has the difficult job of defending a black man for allegedly raping a white woman.
Harper Lee, the book’s author says she is proud the film will be screened at the White House.
“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.”
Hearing that the film will be honored at the White House made me think of all of the wonderful classic films I’ve seen. From 12 Angry Men and The Wizard of Oz, to Carmen Jones and A Rasin in the Sun, classic films are a treat to watch.
But how about you? Do you love classic films? What are your favorites?