Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
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After more than half a century, 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. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards.
Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that all she wanted to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. Hey, Boo explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again.
Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and a rare interview with Lee's sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's setting in the Deep South and the social changes it inspired.
Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.
Completely fascinating! --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Offers a much appreciated glimpse into the life and legacy of the beloved author... a fitting tribute to Nelle Harper Lee, an American treasure. --Jennifer Merin, About.com Documentaries
Top Customer Reviews
That commentary on the marketing out of the way, I did find the documentary absolutely charming. "To Kill A Mockingbird," as both a Pulitzer Prize winning novel and an Academy Award winning film, holds a spot very dear to my heart. I connected with Lee's story when I was a youth and continue to think it is incomparably valuable and endlessly entertaining. I'm certainly not alone. This film assembles many noteworthy fans--from celebrities, to authors, to historians--who all join in singing its praises.Read more ›
It's difficult to believe that it's been 50 years since Harper Lee's novel won the Pulitzer and, as this documentary points out, it's painful to remember the atmosphere of violent racism and segregation. It was a brave book to write at the time, but as Hey, Boo points out, too little has really changed since then. The outsider is still persecuted, it's still sinful and dangerous to be perceived as different and the great mob of (in)humanity still has an awful power to hate and destroy.
The movie is peopled with quick comments, interviews and longer pieces by such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash and Scott Turow. The many years Lee worked on the novel, and her efforts (and ultimate failure) to create another novel, are touched on, as well as her joy simply in the art of putting words and sentences together and ultimate disdain for the attendant publicity and celebrity forced on an artist. Far from a recluse, with lots of friends and correspondents, Lee grew sick of having her words twisted and refused all interviews later in her life. (The 85-year-old Lee, wheelchair bound, partially blind and deaf and suffering from memory loss, lives in an assisted-living facility. She also told a close friend why she never wrote again: "Two reasons: One, I wouldn't go through the pressure and publicity I went through with To Kill a Mockingbird for any amount of money.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent information about the book and movie. I made the mistake, however, in interpreting the title to think that there was information about Harper Lee was on the video ALONG... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Deborah P Buike
Fabulous background story about the movie, book and Harper Lee.Published 21 days ago by Scott R. Hettrick
A timeless story ~ I can watch it over and over. I love the backstory ~ well done!Published 7 months ago by Peggy Morgan
Hey, Boo was a marvelous review and historic story about its own source--To Kill a Mockingbird--and its writer Harper Lee. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anne Meek