Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee exploring issues of racism and intolerance, To Kill a Mockingbird represents one of the best literary adaptations to date. Considering its time of production and the turbulent events that surrounded its making in the 1960s, the film tackles these topics in a revolutionary way. Set in a small town in the state of Alabama, during the Great Depression, it tells the story of Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer and the father of two who was assigned by the court to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white woman. Narrated by Scout, his six-year old daughter, the story is seen through her eyes, while also including the perspective of her older brother Jem. The narrative follows the changes in the children’s lives and their poignant transition from an innocent, fantasy-filled world into a cruel, harrowing adults reality. The pivotal scene of the trial in the courtroom is distinguished by the cast’s tour de force performances, among them the splendid and genuine performances of the children amateur-actors alongside the remarkable Gregory Peck in his Oscar-winning role of Atticus Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird has become one of the most significant films in Peck’s career; he completely identified with the character.
Academy Awards, USA 1963 - Best Actor, Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White; Golden Globes, USA 1963 - Best Actor, Original Score; Cannes IFF 1963 - Gary Cooper Award
An American film and television director, known for his extensive collaboration with the producer Alan J. Pakula in the 60s. Mulligan directed some of the most important humanistic American dramas, one of them being To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he received the Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1963. Natalie Wood, Gregory Peck, and Ellen Burstyn, among others, would receive Oscar nominations for their performances in Mulligan’s films.
1962 Zabić drozda / To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 Romans z nieznajomym / Love with the Proper Stranger
1967 W górę po schodach w dół / Up the Down Staircase
1972 Odmieniec / The Other
1978 Za rok o tej samej porze / Same Time, Next Year