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Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird; the relationship between text and film.

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Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird; the relationship between text and film.

Palmer, R. Barton.

Methuen

2008

262 pages

$19.95

Paperback

Screen adaptations

PS3562

Palmer (literature, Clemson U.) presents a critical survey of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and its filmic adaptation, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck. After placing the book within the larger context of the Southern Renaissance and Lee's thematic and artistic concerns, the production history of the film is detailed with a focus on the its relevance to the careers and artistic interests of Mulligan, Peck, and producer Alan J. Pakula. The three decisive factors shaping the final version of the film--the creative decision to make Atticus Finch the main character, the objection of the Catholic Legion of Decency to the film's originally planned ending, and the softening of the book's indictment of institutionalized racism--are then examined and the volume concludes with a review of the critical reception of both the novel and the film, as well as a brief discussion of Christopher Sergei's 1988 play version.

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