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But is the Book Better?
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But is the Book Better?

Presented by: The Arts House

Date: 19 – 29 Apr 2012

The Mambo Kings
19 & 27 Apr, 7:30pm

The Color Purple
20 Apr, 7:30pm / 28 Apr, 3:00pm

Gone with the Wind
21 Apr, 3:00pm (Part 1) & 7:30pm (Part 2)

South Pacific
22 Apr, 3:00pm / 28 Apr, 7:30pm

To Kill a Mockingbird
26 & 29 Apr, 7:30pm

Venue: Screening Room, The Arts House

Ticket Prices: Free


For April’s But Is The Book Better? theme, we pull a Pulitzer focus. Established by journalist Joseph Pulitzer, this award has a lasting influence on American journalism, literature, music and drama. To celebrate the announcements of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners this April, we focus on film adaptations of some of the more well-known winning novels.

The Mambo Kings
19 & 27 Apr | 7.30pm

Director: Arne Glimcher
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Armand Assante, Cathy Moriarty
1992 | 104 min | United States | Rating: M18 (Sexual scene)

The Mambo Kings tells the passionate story of brothers and aspiring musicians, Cesar and Nestor Castillo. They flee from Cuba to American in the hopes of making it big in the explosive and sexy 1950s New York City music scene. They eventually achieve the great American Dream of success, fame, and fortune, only to have it fall apart due to their own hubris.

Based on Oscar Hijuelo’s 1989 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

The Color Purple
20 Apr | 7.30pm
28 Apr | 3pm

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
1985 | 154min |United States| Rating: PG

The film opens in 1909 when Celie is a young girl, a victim of incest, pregnant with her father`s child. Ugly and unloved, separated from her children and her sister, Celie`s only option is marriage to an abusive, philandering husband who treats her little better than a slave. Her life changes forever when her husband brings his mistress, a beautiful blues singer named Shug into the house.

Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name.

Gone with the Wind
21 Apr | 3pm (Part 1) & 7.30pm (Part 2)

Director: Victor Fleming
Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel
1939 | 238 Min | United States | Rating: PG

This sweeping epic Civil War era romance not only won an impressive 10 Academy Awards but has taken its place as one of the greatest movies of all time. The story of Scarlett O’Hara, a young woman in the Old South who goes from privilege to poverty and her tumultuous love affair with the dashing Rhett Butler.

Based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name.

South Pacific
22 Apr | 3pm
28 Apr | 7.30pm

Director: Joshua Logan
Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor and John Kerr
1958 | 171min | United States | Rating: PG

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission. Featuring amazing songs by the musical power duo of Rogers and Hammerstein, including now classics like ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘I Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’.

Based on the James A. Michener’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning book Tale of the South Pacific.

To Kill a Mockingbird
26 & 29 Apr | 7.30pm

Director: Robert Mulligan
Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and Philip Alford
1962 | 128min | United States | Rating: PG

Gregory Peck delivers an Academy Award winning performance as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in racially divided Alabama during the Depression who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Gregory Peck the number 1 greatest movie hero of the 20th century.

Based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name.

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