Can it be that he went from this:
Thursday, November 10, 2011
- 1960. Though the story is set in the 1930's, it is told from the point of view of a grown Scout and therefore was written, and published, later. The film came out soon after, in 1962.
- Monroeville, Alabama. Director Robert Mulligan wanted to film the movie on location in Monroeville, but found the town so changed with postwar development that they opted instead to use a backlot at Universal Studios, with a replica of the Monroeville courthouse for the trial scene.
- Amasa Coleman Lee. Harper Lee's mother's maiden name was Finch, Atticus's surname.
- Alice Ghostley. Esmerelda was the nervous, vanishing maid on Bewitched (1969-72), but Ghostley was a well-regarded Broadway actress at the time she was cast in the movie.
- Robert Duvall. Duvall was recommended by the screenwriter Horton Foote, who had been impressed by his performance in a Foote play a few years earlier. They were to work together often over their careers.
- Banana Boat Song (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte. Peters later became known for roles in Star Trek and Soylent Green.
- Truman Capote. I thought this fact was better known, but only one person in our group got it. Harper Lee later helped Capote with the researching of In Cold Blood, as noted in the movies Capote and Infamous.
- Rock Hudson. Astounding, isn't it? But Hudson was a huge star and box office draw in 1962. It was eventually decided that Hudson was too young at 36, and the part was offered to James Stewart. Stewart rejected the part, believing the film to be too liberal and controversial.
- great acting
- Jean Louise. You knew it wasn't Thelma Louise, right? :)
- a freestanding closet. The chifforobe figures prominently in the trial, where Mayella Ewell testifies that she asked Tom in to help "bust up a chifforobe. " Tom later testifies that he had broken up the chifforobe months before, but that she had asked him in to reach something on top of a different chifforobe.
- all of them. This was included so that everyone will get at least one answer correct.
- Best Actor—Gregory Peck, Best (Adapted) Screenplay—Horton Foote, Best Art Direction (Black & White)—Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen and Oliver Emert.
- Brock Peters. Any of them might have been a possibility, however. Peck remained close with Badham and Lee to the end of his life. He was also friends and neighbors with Michael Jackson, frequently riding horses with him at Neverland. Jackson helped plan Peck's funeral service.
- none. Except for the movie, whose set she visited and which she publicly admired, Lee has rejected all commercialization of her novel.
Tie-breaker Question: It is ranked number 25 on the AFI's 10th anniversary list of greatest American movies of all time.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I was intrigued. My sister and I watch White Christmas every holiday season, largely because it was broadcast each Christmas Eve where we grew up; but it never occurred to me to have an annual movie for other times of year.
So I invited Cathy and some other friends over this past weekend to watch To Kill A Mockingbird on our screen. We served big bowls of popcorn, chocolate and tea; people arrived in the rain with blankets and bottles of wine; and we started as we often do around here—
—with a trivia quiz. C and I have played on a trivia team on and off for some years now, and we enjoy the format. Knowledge, even trivial knowledge, makes everything more interesting, doesn't it? We always hand out a small prize—this year it was a used copy of the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Below is the quiz as given. It helps to begin with some common ground: that the movie was adapted from the book by Harper Lee, who based it on people and events from her childhood. Some of the questions were quite easy, especially if you know the book or the movie. Some were fairly esoteric. Most were facts lifted wholesale from trivia and movie websites. My only contribution was to turn them into multiple choice questions, which makes the quiz relatively fast and easy and gives everyone a fair shot at each question.
To Kill A Mockingbird
- What year was To Kill A Mockingbird published?
- Magnolia Springs, Alabama
- Maytown, Alabama
- Mobile, Alabama
- Monroeville, Alabama
- Agnes Moorhead (Endora)
- Alice Ghostley (Esmerelda)
- Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha)
- Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara)
- Al Pacino (Michael)
- James Caan (Sonny)
- John Cazale (Fredo)
- Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen)
- Alley Oop
- Banana Boat Song
- Twist and Shout
- Bill Haley
- Jimmy Carter
- Truman Capote
- William Styron
- Gary Cooper
- Fred MacMurray
- James Stewart
- Rock Hudson
- a beer belly."
- great acting."
- my wallet. These pants have no pockets."
- padding from wardrobe."
- Harper Louise
- Jean Louise
- Mary Louise
- Thelma Louise
- a type of chair
- a freestanding closet
- a framed mirror
- a dressing gown
- Saturday Night Fever
- Short Circuit
- War Games
- Brock Peters (Tom Robinson)
- Mary Badham (Scout)
- Harper Lee
- Michael Jackson
- she has attended every peformance since its debut in 1990.
What is To Kill A Mockingbird's ranking on the AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time? _________________________________How nerdy can I get about these things? Well, you can click here for a printable .pdf file if you like. I'll post answers tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I'm curious: do you have a movie you watch every year?