Absolutely lovely: David Stone Martin's illustrations for the Reader's Digest Condensed Books edition of To Kill A Mockingbird. The film adaptation has long been one of my favorites, but for some reason I didn't first read the book until just a few years ago, but I loved that as well. Maddie read the book for her homeschooling earlier this year, and loved it, which prompted the three of us watched the restored version of the film on USA, which was really great. What a wonderful family moment.
What was restored about the film version? I understand there were many more scenes shot (the whole Gem reading to the old lady bit among them) that Gregory Peck wanted deleted because is detracted from his performance. (He was Oscar ambitious.)
Posted by: Paul Lamb at Jun 23, 2012 2:47:38 AM
I didn't notice any restored scenes - I would guess "restored" just meant cleanup of the footage itself.
Posted by: Pete at Jun 24, 2012 11:11:44 AM
The man who wrote that luminous screenplay, Horton Foote, is the man who changed my life.
And I heard just the opposite from the above about Gregory Peck: that the "suits" wanted to destroy the film with cuts, but he took less pay than usual to maintain creative control over the film.
And he stopped them.
Posted by: Shelley at Jun 25, 2012 6:28:35 PM