In collaboration with the Jamaica Library Service, the U.S. Embassy announces a classic American film series. The films, which are free to the public, will be shown every Tuesday, September 15 to October 13, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, 2 Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston starting at 6:00 p.m.
On September 15, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the 1962 film directed by Robert Mulligan, will be featured. Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is a deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The film retains a timeless quality that transcends its historically dated subject matter, racism in the Depression-era south, and remains powerfully resonant in present-day America with its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood. Actor Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his performance as a southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape.
“Lilies of the Field” on September 22, features an Academy Award-winning performance by Sidney Poitier and nominated for four additional Oscars including Best Picture. Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier), an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also wants him to build their chapel for free. Hesitant at first, Homer soon finds himself single-handedly raising the chapel and the financing. But although he will not receive a monetary reward, Homer knows that when his work is done, he’ll leave that dusty desert town a much better place than when he found it.
Another film, “The Wizard of Oz” will be featured on September 29. The U.S. Library of Congress named The Wizard of Oz as the most-watched film in history. It is often ranked among the top ten best movies of all time by various critics’ and popular polls, and it has provided many indelible quotes to the American cultural consciousness. Its signature song, “Over the Rainbow,” sung by Judy Garland, has been voted the greatest movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.
“Gone with the Wind,” will be shown on Tuesday, October 6. In this film, Vivien Leigh is Scarlett to Clark Gable’s Rhett in cinema’s greatest epic of passion and adventure. With its immortal cast, magnificent cinematography and sweeping score, this cherished classic continues to thrill audiences today.
“A Patch of Blue” starring Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters will be featured on October 13. It a low-budget, black and white movie filmed in 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement, and was then notable for its budding inter-racial romance. While this aspect may seem rather tame today, at the time the movie was filmed, it was still a controversial theme in many parts of America.
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