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Gregory Peck: An Agreeable Gentleman

Friday, June 15, 2012
8:50 p.m. The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Henry King (U.S., 1952)

This flavorful Hemingway adaptation spans the globe from 1950s Africa to 1920s Paris and 1930s Spain, and back again, as it follows the recollections of a hard-drinking writer (Peck) on death’s door during an African safari. As the macho artist reflecting on a lifetime of drinking, hunting, and womanizing, Peck uses his full range of masculine charms to convince as a Spanish Civil War fighter and Countess’s boy-toy, big-game hunter and bohemian writer. Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner provide the love interests and foils, while Bernard Herrmann supplies the film’s powerful score.

—Jason Sanders

• Written by Casey Robinson, based on a story by Ernest Hemingway. Photographed by Leon Shamroy. With Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegarde Neff, Leo G. Carroll. (113 mins, Color, 35mm, From Criterion/Twentieth-Century Fox)