Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pick a Peck

Posted on Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Maybe you're having trouble letting go of Mad Men and shifting back into a world of dudes in sagging jeans and flat-billed hats. Totally understandable. Time to pull up an Eames chair and revel in the chiseled integrity of Gregory Peck as he does the right thing and wears the hell out of a suit. The Humboldt County Library celebrates the man all month with classic Peck films based on books Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (free).

On April 7, Charity Grella presents the Hitchcock favorite Spellbound (1945), with a Salvador Dali set and Ingrid Bergman as a psychiatrist trying to help an amnesiac Peck on the lam from a murder charge recover his memory.

The following week, on April 14, catch Gentleman's Agreement (1947), introduced by Michael Cooley, in which Peck plays a reporter who goes undercover to get the scoop on anti-Semitism and learns some ugly truths.

Then Audrey Hepburn hops on the back of Peck's Vespa in Roman Holiday (1953) on April 21. She's a princess playing hooky from her responsibilities in the Eternal City and he's the reporter ditching his own job to show her the sights. Shamelessly snagged that hosting job myself.

Finally, enjoy Peck's closing arguments and pre-hipster glasses on April 28 when Philip Wright presents To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Just try to imagine Harper Lee's hero Atticus Finch any other way after seeing Peck as the defense for an innocent African-American man on trial in the South.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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