President Barack Obama has taped a brief introduction for a special television screening of To Kill a Mockingbird on the USA Network. A restored version of this iconic motion picture will air this Saturday evening as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the creation of this fine cinematic work.
In 1995, the motion picture was listed in the National Film Registry. It also ranks 25th on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest American movies of all time. In 2003, AFI named Atticus Finch the greatest celluloid hero of the 20th Century. Gregory Peck won his only Oscar for his role as Finch.
Harper Lee (above) has issued a rare public statement expressing her personal gratitude over the president’s personal gesture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author from her home in Monroe, Alabama stated she was deeply honored by President Obama’s (above) enduring love for her scripted words, and his friendship. The White House has planned their own private screening of To Kill a Mockingbird this evening.
Atticus Finch, Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dill will come to life for a new generation of viewers to enjoy. Check your local listings for the exact time of the airing this Saturday.
For the general public who lives in Southern California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans their own theatre screening of the digitally remastered film on Wednesday at 7:15p. For non-Academy members, admission will cost $5. Visit Oscars.org to purchase tickets.
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