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“Hey Boo” quietly speaks volumes about the reasons why and how this 50-plus year old novel still resonates with readers of a new century. Seen in conjunction with the classic feature, it makes for an affecting experience. Rating: Unrated.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Universal Home Entertainment
The long and lazy days of summer and thoughts of childhood, along with the video release of “Hey, Boo” (see above), make this a good time to share the Oscar-winning film version of Harper Lee’s perennially popular novel with the younger folks in your family who’ve never seen it.
A beautifully calibrated tale of truth and honor in a world of compromise and deception set in the Depression-era South, “Mockingbird” centers on widowed attorney Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, who won an Oscar for his performance) and his children. Through the eyes and voice of his daughter Scout (Mary Badham), we follow the story of Atticus’ noble fight to save a black man falsely accused of rape and the reverberations of his stand for justice on the entire community.
The film’s honesty and humanity come across time after time in scenes that speak with a subtle grace. Director Robert Mulligan and screenwriter Horton Foote (“The Trip to Bountiful”) displayed great craftsmanship and sensitivity in transferring the story to the screen. No matter how many times you see it, it retains the power to move you as deeply as it did the first time. Watching it with children always makes for fascinating post-viewing conversations. MPAA Rating: Not rated, but does contain material that may disturb small children.
The Curious Case of Curt Flood
HBO On Demand through Aug. 15
Finally, HBO On Demand is currently offering another of the cable network’s outstanding sports documentaries. “The Curious Case of Curt Flood” tells the fascinating story of the man who helped to change professional sports by suing baseball over its reserve clause in 1969.
As with all of HBO’s sports docs, the film observes and transcends the sporting elements of the story to look at the human drama of Flood’s life. He was a man of many contradictions, passionately involved in the civil rights movement, but emotionally and physically separated from his wife and children. Flood was a man who could light up the lives of others, but could never seem to get a firm grasp on his own affairs.
Local baseball fans will get a kick out of the portion of the story that involves Flood’s stint with the Washington Senators in 1971. Anyone looking for a story of glory, regret, loss and redemption will find all that and more in this excellent film. HBO’s production team here supplies fresh evidence that when it comes to sports documentaries, it stands head and shoulders above the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader,” ESPN.News & Notes
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