Obama To Introduce “To Kill A Mockingbird”

I told you about the American Masters documentary of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee that aired this week. (You can watch it online here.) Now comes this news: To commemorate the Oscar-winning film’s 50th anniversary, President Obama will introduce a special broadcast of a restored print of the film on USA at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, April 7. In a rare public statement, Lee said she was “deeply honored” that President Obama would be participating in celebrating the film. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made,” she said, “and I’m proud to know that Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on — in a world that needs him now more than ever.”

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