NORMAN — The Pioneer Library System’s annual Big Read campaign is taking readers to the Wild West through the words of author Charles Portis and his novel “True Grit.”
The novel inspired two film versions — the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and a 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel is coming to the big screen, free of charge, as the Pioneer Library System Big Read presents a showing at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Warren Theatre, 1000 S Telephone Road in Moore. The same presentation will be made at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Cinema Centre 8, 3031 N Harrison Ave. in Shawnee.
Preceding each showing will be the premiere of “The True ‘True Grit,’” a documentary film commissioned by the Norman-based Pioneer Library System and produced by the University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services Department. The film looks at Arkansas and Oklahoma settings used in the novel and contrasts the ways they were used in the Hollywood film versions of “True Grit.”
Angela D. Nicholson is executive producer of the documentary, with voice-over talent provided by Shalla Strider and Dennis Edwards, who have appeared as the characters Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn during numerous “True Grit”-themed library events.
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