Hey, Boo

Hey, Boo

Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird

DVD - 2011
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Mary McDonagh Murphy's Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD 813.54 HEY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Aug 14, 2016

Simply stated, if a fan of Harper Lee or the film To Kill a Mockingbird, you must view this DVD. The inflections surrounding the author and book, the shadings one gets from the interviews from sister Alice Finch Lee and locals such as the pastor of her church, all combine to enrich the colorful experience of her novel and the powerful film it inspired.

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LouiseGuill
Jan 26, 2016

Touching documentary that dives into the book, how it came to be written and its message that's still affecting us today. It uses historical footage and tons of interview snippets with authors, friends, even her older sister. Not having researched the book or author, Harper Lee, I was in for few surprises. In all, it made the book and its story more precious to me.

MariePat Sep 04, 2015

This documentary puts the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" into perspective. It gives insight to what famous authors thought about the book and how it inspired their own writing. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quinlen and other authors appear. It also explains what Harper Lee thought about her own success of her novel.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 21, 2015

Anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of Harper Lee's two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and To Set a Watchman should see this documentary about Harper Lee, her Mockingbird novel and the Mockingbird film. Sadly, there is no input from Harper Lee in this documentary after the 1960's because she had a lifelong resolution to prohibit interviews. In the film we did get to see quite a lot of input from her older sister who gave an interview at the age of 90. Harper Lee's story has some similarities to that of Ralph Ellison who had trouble following up his prize winning first novel, Invisible Man, with a second novel.

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route666
Apr 16, 2014

I found nothing new or interesting here. Harper Lee did only 3 interviews. there is no footage of her, only a handful of photos. misleading. You really learn nothing about her that is not common knowledge. The film just interviews other writers who never knew her about thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird.

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VRMurphy
Dec 31, 2012

An excellent documentary, that balances the story of how the novel came to be written and published, the effect of the film adaptation, and the place of both in the American mid-century. If you love the book, the movie, or both, you will find something of interest in this film. Well worth watching.

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ceedeegee57
Nov 29, 2012

Wonderful doc on the book and Ms. Harper Lee (who does not appear). Do watch extras (they are short) and read the short interview with the director. To say more is to spoil the fun. Miss Alice is worth the time alone. Highly recommended.

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TraceyBriggs
Apr 25, 2012

Loved this DVD. Good interviews

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arlenecbell
Apr 14, 2012

"Very disappointing" is not a comment; it is an opinion, not substantiated in any way.

I say "read the book' and if you do and you believe as s/he does then s/he is one who shares your world view.

querious

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catslib
Mar 27, 2012

This dvd was pretty good, with lots of background info about the author and the movie. You never actually find out why Harper Lee never published again. She stopped giving interviews in 1964 and essentially became a recluse. However, they actually interviewed her 99-year-old sister ! Also had an interesting story about her early friendship with Truman Capote; what a pathetic creature he was...If you liked the book and/or movie I recommend seeing this dvd.

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