Cinema Under the Stars: Heroes and Legends
This summer's cinema will reach Homeric proportions in the seventh annual film series co-presented by the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The gates open at 8 p.m., and the movies will be screened on Friday evenings August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Weather permitting, the movies will be shown on the front lawn at 9 p.m. In case of rain, they will be shown in the Babcock Auditorium. Beer and wine will be available for purchase only, and filmgoers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic on the lawn.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), 129 min.
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Gregory Peck embodies the "hero of conscience" in his performance as Atticus Finch, the defense attorney for Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a young African American man wrongly accused of rape. Just as Atticus bravely counters the suspicions and prejudices of his racist community, his daughter Scout (Mary Badham) faces her fear of Boo Radley (Robert Duvall) and the other eccentrics in her small Alabama town. As Atticus tells her, "You never know someone until you step inside their skin and walk around a little." This year marks the film's 50th anniversary.