Harper Lee 's Novel Of The Same Title

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Feature films have served as depictions of our society. They have been mirrors reflecting upon us what we are, what we would like to be, and how we view ourselves. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is in fact a classic film that does just that. Directed by Robert Mulligan, this film was based on Harper Lee’s novel of the same title. The screenplay by Horton Foote, “To Kill a Mockingbird is both a coming of age story of three young children, told from the perspective of Scout as she reflects upon an important court case involving her father when she was only six years of age (Pakula & Mulligan, 1962). It is a commentary on racism in the 1930’s south, its affects upon a small town, and the minority-liberal Whites. As an American/historical drama, its characteristics are clear. There is a perspective on life, a sense of humor, political view and moral values established early in the film. The setting is also important to the film, as it draws a theme and structure for the audience. This analysis will view “To Kill a Mockingbird” through the lens of the genre theory as it applies to the contextual information, story/plot, aesthetic choices, and social impact that helped form the theme and created an Oscar award winning and nominated film classic, again proving that great cinema serves as commentary on society, for better or for worse. It forces us to see ourselves and question who we are and who we want to be. Contextual Information To Kill a Mockingbird is a historical/ court drama
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