THE power of Gregory Peck is celebrated through this month and next in Inverness Film Fans' screenings of classic films starring the legendary actor.
Georgina Coburn of the film fans group explained why the focus has fallen on the actor for their latest season.
"We were approached by the Eden Court Book Group – which is reading Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird this month – to do a screening of the film.
"The season grew from there. It was a fantastic opportunity to screen the greatest screen adaptation in cinema history and celebrate an actor who brings gravitas, depth and dignity to every role he played.
"Some actors play parts, others inhabit them. Gregory Peck inhabits the character of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird so completely that it is impossible to imagine anyone else ever playing that character.
"He deservedly won an Oscar for his performance in 1963 and was nominated for best actor five times.
"We chose an early career performance opposite Ingrid Berman in Hitchcock’s Spellbound to start the season and a later, grand epic – Western A Big Country – to finish.
"Gregory Peck might not be the first name on everyone’s lips as a Hollywood leading man, but like a lot of our seasons we’re hoping people will discover great films and great performances they may not have seen before.
"Mockingbird will probably be the most familiar to people from TV screenings.
"But with all the ways you can watch films these days, there is still nothing quite like seeing movies on a big screen."
The films are screened fortnightly at Eden Court Cinema and are followed by an informal discussion.
Full details of the films here:
Spellbound Tuesday, June 24 (7.15pm). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman and Michael Chekhov. (1945) (USA) (111 mins)
It's a love story, murder mystery and psychological thriller, Spellbound stars Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman at their charismatic best! When Dr Anthony Edwardes (Peck) arrives at Green Manors Asylum suffering from paranoia and amnesia, Dr Constance Peterson (Bergman) must discover who he really is, save the man she loves and solve a murder by unlocking the secrets of his subconscious mind. Nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture and best director, winner of best supporting actor for Michael Chekov and featuring a dream sequence conceived by Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock’s Freudian thriller is a must for all fans of the master of suspense!
To Kill a Mockingbird - Tuesday, July 8 (7.15pm). Directed by Robert Mulligan, starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, John Megna, Robert Duvall (1962) (USA) (129mins)
Based on Harper Lee’s much loved Pulitzer Prize winning novel and featuring Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning performance as Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird is simply the finest screen adaptation in cinema history. Seen through the eyes of Finch’s young daughter Scout, Harper Lee’s story of racial prejudice, childhood innocence and heroism is told with warmth and humour, featuring outstanding performances from its child stars; Mary Badham, Philip Alford and John Megna. A classic of fiction and of cinema; don’t miss this opportunity to see it on the big screen!
The Big Country - Tuesday, July 22 (7.15pm). Directed by William Wyler, starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker and Charlton Heston (1958) (USA) (165mins)
William Wyler’s epic Western stars Gregory Peck as retired sea captain Jim McKay who heads West to marry his fiancé Pat Terill (Caroll Baker), the spoiled daughter of a rich cattle baron. McKay soon becomes caught in the middle of a bitter feud between neighbouring ranchers. As the fight for watering rights on land owned by local schoolteacher Julie Maragon (Jean Simmons) intensifies and she is kidnapped, McKay must take action! Capturing all the grandeur of the old West, is a story of love, greed and rivalry, set against magnificent landscapes with a stellar cast.
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