A friend introduced me to the movie, telling me it was his favorite of all time.  After watching it, I understood why.  Since then, I’ve watched it several more times, enjoying it even more with each subsequent viewing. It is a poignant film that will stay with me for a long time to come… for many reasons.

This weekend observes the 50th Anniversary of the Pulitzer prize winning classic written by Harper Lee about life in a small southern town in the Depression-era 1930s. Watch it online at Live TV.

Marking the anniversary is a book and documentary by Mary McDonagh Murphy, who did a fascinating interview last week on NPR.  You can listen to the 17-minute audio here. From her site:

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird is something millions of us have in common. In a documentary and accompanying book, Mary McDonagh Murphy explores the novel’s power, influence and popularity. With reflections from Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, James McBride, James Patterson, Wally Lamb, Oprah Winfrey and more, the documentary and the book chronicle the many ways the novel has shaped lives and careers.

Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy’s reporting, research and rare interviews with the author’s sister and friends add new details and photos to the remarkable story of an astonishing phenomenon. Read the Book: Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird or see the documentary film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird.

Here’s the hauntingly beautiful theme by Elmer Bernstein.  Sit back, close your eyes, and picture Scout, Jem, Atticus and Boo, in a hot and humid little southern town where men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning, and ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.