I went to the house of a friend of my Grandma's and she let me look through her DVD collection-which wasn't that big. One movie she had was Gone With The Wind. My Grandma commented on how I have that, too. "You've got to love Gone With The Wind!" I said. "That's a masterpiece!"I was amazed that I said that, I don't think I had ever used that word for a movie at that moment. But that's true! This movie IS a masterpiece! Few movies are as iconic as this. From lines like "Frankly my dear,I don't give a damn" to iconic scenery-it'd be shocking to know someone who knew nothing of this classic movie. The movie is almost 4 hours long, but every minute is well worth it.(You can skip the credits, and intermission section to speed it up a little.)Can't watch it today? That's alright-tomorrow...is another day!
Although not usually described as such, among other things, book author Margaret Mitchell(MM) meant this to be a coming of age story for Scarlett, who ages from 16 to 28 in the book. It doesn't seem quite that long in the movie. Scarlett is partly based on MM herself. Like Scarlet, she was a society debutant, often with a flock of beaus simultaneously. According to the book, and somewhat exemplified in the movie, Scarlett has little taste for sex, finding it often painful and embarrassing, and sometimes leading to the more painful process of birth. She decides that she doesn't want any more babies after the first, because her waist expanded after her first birthing. Thus, lovers find it frustrating that this beauty is so frigid. .....Another overpowering theme of the book and movie is the differences in skill and luck in surviving adversity. Both Rhett and Ashley are survivals of the war, whereas most of their neighbors and relatives are not. Scarlett and Melanie are also survivors, sometimes using men to get their post-war businesses on their feet. In some ways, Scarlett is a feminist. She has good native intelligence, is manipulative, becomes a good manager of her plantation, and her new lumber business. She has learned that she can get along without a man. However, I'm puzzled by her parting question, as Rhett leaves for good: "Where will I go? What will I do"? She still had her plantation, which seemed to be operating at a profit. She had managed before without a man. She probably would like to have another child, or perhaps take in several of the many orphans or widows left from the war, since she's worried about the effect of pregnancy on her figure. Since Ashley is now a widower, she might finagle him into a largely sexless marriage?........It's not real apparent to me why Rhett is wealthy. Perhaps from his blockade running? Also, apparently, he became a scalawag after the war, which may have brought in some income........Neither Gable nor Leslie Howard(Ashley) wanted to be in this movie. For one thing, Gable dismissed it as "a woman's movie". Howard thought he was far too old(46) to be playing a supposedly 21 y.o. when Scarlett was 16. However, the casting director felt he had the best personality and physique to play the effete Ashley. In contrast, there was much competition for the roles of Scarlet and Melanie. George Cukor: the beginning director, was famous as a woman's director, in contrast to his replacement: Victor Fleming. Thus, after he was canned, Cukor still coached Vivien Leigh (Scarlett) and Olivia DeHavilland (Melanie) on weekends!.......It's strange that Melanie died soon after collapsing(swooning?), just after she exited Rhett's room, where he was mourning the death of his daughter. Suggests she had some underlying health problem, that was enhanced by psychological stress........This was but one of several tragedies late in the film. Of course, the accidental death of Rhett's and Scarlett's little girl was a shock. Rhett seemed more disturbed than Scarlett, apparently feeling that his marriage was jinxed, which accelerated his determination to opt out of the marriage......Then, there was a the pervasive tragedy of Scarlett's unreciprocated love of Ashley, and the fact that she didn't really warm up to Rhett consistently until it was too late.......Of course, the cinematography, production values, sets, costumes, and acting are all topnotch, not to mention the very memorable theme song.
Considered one of the greatest love stories of all time, Gone with the Wind is a classic romance tale from 1939. A story of love and loss during the Civil War era the star crossed lovers Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh, attempt to survive Atlanta as the Union Army approaches. It was originally released in black and white but was later rereleased in 1969 in color.
It was well known for its iconic wardrobes and clothing, it had over 1,500 extras in huge scenes (with around1,000 dummies since there weren't enough extras at the time) and it actually had three directors during filming that its almost alarming that the film made it to editing let alone theaters. It even made one of the first historic slips through the Hays Code at the time, the iconic line "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" almost wasn't in the movie due to the word damn but after much convincing the director at the time was able to get the censors to allow it. Probably the only huge issue with the film was it's usage of racism from the Civil Way era, although historically accurate it was a little raunchy even for 1930's folks.
Benedito Dias Rodrigues
At last l surrender for this classic,when l saw it for first time in 1983 in my teenage years l found just a good movie,sometimes long and boring,l had a second chance to watch it which l did in 90',in that time it seems me a little better,but now on a Blu-ray experience l finally understood how this picture is a real classic,the civil war works as backdrop to this strong drama before and after the war,Vivien Leigh and Gable in your best definitive moment,worth to remenber the stunning performance by Hattie McDaniel who won the first Oscar by colored people!!Resume:First watch: 1983 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-Blu-ray / Rating: 10