What was the meaning of the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird?What is the meaning of this film and what are they trying to say to the audience?
The Academy Award-winning film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird was in response to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--it was terrific book that deserved a prompt and equally high quality film version, and that's exactly what transpired. It deals with racial inequality in the 1930s that was still a highly pertinent subject in the early 1960s; and it deals with children growing up in a changing world, another important theme that encompassed the decades of the 'Sixties and 'Seventies and beyond.
The central theme of the movie seems to be in line with the book, namely, the judgements we make based on assumptions/presumptions are often quite false and reflect poorly on the person or community making the assumptions.
The story features two significant false assumptions that stem from a popular but unfounded bias. The lesson of the story is related to how these biases can keep us/people from recognizing (and even beginning to really look for) truth.
I would say that the meaning of the film is the same as the meaning of the book. Both made a statement about racial inequality, injustice, and innocence. The movie followed the book very closely. I think they did an excellent job of maintaining the themes and ideals found in the book.
Gregory Peck has played a number of roles that deal with bias; his role as Atticus Finch befits his political leanings. The film, like the novel, exposes the prejudices and biases of people.
One explantaion says that To Kill a Mockingbird offers an example of how fear leads to prejudice and understanding leads to tolerance.