Gone with the Wind

~ 70th anniversary ~

Based on Margaret Mitchell's novel published in 1936.
Winner of 8 Oscars including Best Picture.

Starring:
* Clark Gable as Rhett Butler
* Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara
* Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes
* Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton

Synopsis:
Hot-tempered, self-centered, part-Irish Southern beauty Scarlett O'Hara, played to the teeth by Vivien Leigh, loves the gentlemanly Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). Smug, rebellious, honest, blockade-running profiteer Rhett Butler, portrayed gracefully and naturally by Clark Gable, loves Scarlett. Ashley, who is also in love with Scarlett, marries his genteel cousin Melanie (Olivia de Havilland) because he believes that their quiet similarities will create a better marriage than Scarlett's passion. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Rhett and Scarlett at their first encounter and continue throughout Scarlett's first two marriages. Scarlett and Rhett finally wed, but Scarlett continues to pine for her beloved Ashley. Set against the Civil War and Southern Reconstruction, this tragic love quadrangle offers the burning of Atlanta and fields of wounded Confederates as part of its lush scenery. Meticulous backdrops, glorious sunsets, numerous silhouettes, and the ultrasaturated Technicolor film create a hyperreal vision. The romantic score is every bit as lush and dramatic as the photography, borrowing folk melodies from the Old South to make the tragic war concrete. Heavy nostalgic tones pervade the often witty dialogue and larger-than-life charms and faults of the leads. GONE WITH THE WIND stands among the greatest epic dramas ever filmed. [97% rating Rotten Tomatoes]


















































































































































































7 comments:

  1. I need to rewatch this soon, especially since I picked up a copy of the 70th anniversary DVD recently.

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  2. I've seen it so many times, but each time I love it more. Wonderful post. THANK YOU!!!

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  3. One of those movies you hope will never end. I have, on occasion, watched it through twice in a row.

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  4. I think this must be one of the best adaptations of a book ever. Granted, a lot had to be cut, but it completely captured the tone and Scarlett's story completely. I've read that Margaret Mitchell created Rhett Butler with Clark Gable in mind, and I can't imagine another acting playing the role. Vivian Leigh is Scarlett as well.

    Watching other movies that also came out in 1939 highlights what an incredible job was done with GWTW.

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  5. As much as I love the movie, this is actually making me want to go read the book again! LOL. Thanks!

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  6. Nowhere Boy

    Filmed in Liverpool about John Lennon's life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Km9L1Sqd0

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