Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2010)
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Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages worldwide. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring Peck depicts him wearing glasses, as Finch. Behind it all was a young
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Between interviews about the merits and courage of the novel and clips from the 1962 film adaptation that earned Gregory Peck an Academy Award, Mary McDonagh Murphy's directorial debut offers up a few morsels of fresh material.
Here's a riddle. Why is any documentary about Harper Lee like a doughnut? Because both have a hole in the middle.
Harper Lee hasn't been interviewed in 47 years, but this meditation on her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, puts you inside her skin.
It would have been wonderful if Lee had consented to an interview for this documentary, but at least we have, among many others, her 99-year-old sister Alice.
Fascinating documentary about the reclusive author and her sole literary masterpiece.
Murphy seems determined above all to respect Lee's desire for privacy, making her a sort of anti-Errol Morris.
Hey, Boo is so appealing because it's obviously and undeniably a work of commitment and passion.
...a lovingly told biography that is well-crafted, informative and entertaining - all things that a good documentary should be.
...more a celebration of a book and its movie adaptation than a biographical documentary...Passages are read and we marvel at just how many great moments are there to be found.
It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy - and this is one of the better ones.
While entirely pleasant viewing, it's worth noting that Hey Boo isn't particularly distinguished filmmaking.
Informative background on birth of the book. . .with overflowing love and respect bestowed on [Lee] from family, friends, and famous fans [and] reverentially about the film.
Well-edited and captivating with easily digestible information albeit sans surprising revelations.
Even if Hey, Boo falls short as a piece of revelatory filmmaking, it succeeds nicely as a love letter to Lee's novel.
The book we all had to read in school is given the full reverential treatment in this worshipful documentary.
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