Gone with the Wind (1939)

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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

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Directors:

Victor Fleming , George Cukor , Sam Wood

Writers:

Margaret Mitchell (story of the old south "Gone with the Wind"), Sidney Howard (screenplay)

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26 April 2008 | Nazi_Fighter_David
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| A rich romantic film...
Gerard O'Hara (Thomas Mitchell), an Irish immigrant, settles in North Georgia and becomes a prosperous plantation owner… By great luck he marries young Ellen Robillard (Barbara O'Neill) of Savannah, the daughter of one of the noblest Georgian families and becomes accepted by his aristocratic neighbors… They are blessed with three daughters, Scarlett (Vivien Leigh), Suellen (Evelyn Keyes), and Carreen (Ann Rutherford).

Scarlett, the eldest, worships her mother… Yet, under her beauty and Southern coquetry, she is charming, but proud, willful and vain… She believes she is in love with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), a good-hearted young army captain… But Ashley loves his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland), a delicate, selfless woman… He is frightened by Scarlett's energy and animation… And although he admits his feelings for her, he is afraid to marry her and decides to take Melanie for his bride…

When Scarlett loses Ashley she is more certain than ever that she must have him… On their wedding day, she meets Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), a wealthy adventurer from an old Charleston family… Rhett, a gambler—who believes that self-interest is the motive of all human conduct—is attracted by Scarlett's beauty and realizes that they are equally merciless and conscienceless…

Vivien Leigh is magnificent as the spoiled, selfish southern belle... She carries the picture, and controls it... She reproduces the spirited character of Scarlett in all its fluent complexity...

Clark Gable—with a smile and great light in his eyes—is fascinating as the elegant, heroic gentleman ... He is perfect as the ladies man... His dramatic high point is his scene crying in Melanie's presence... His love scenes with Scarlett give the picture a vibrancy that is one of its great attractions... The film begins with their first stormy meeting in the library at Twelve Oaks and intensifies at the Atlanta bazaar, when he shocks the confederacy by bidding $l00 "in gold," to dance with the newly widowed Mrs. Hamilton who cares for nothing but herself…

Hattie McDaniel gives a rich characterization as Mammy, Scarlett's shrewd black servant who was never fooled by Scarlett's airs and tears...

With a memorable music score by Max Steiner, the film was an instant classic, winner of eight Academy Awards...

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Trivia

In a 2003 poll contacted by the BBC about the favorite novels of the British reading public, "Gone with the Wind" came in 21st. The only novels which did better were (in order): "The Lord of the Rings" by J'RR Tolkien', "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë, "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks, "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame, "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernières and "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy.


Quotes

Brent Tarleton: What do we care if we *were* expelled from college, Scarlett? The war is gonna start any day now, so we'd have left college anyhow.
Stuart Tarleton: War! Isn't it exciting, Scarlett? You know those fool Yankees actually *want* a war?
Brent Tarleton: We'll show 'em!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee! ...


Goofs

While Mammy and Scarlett are arguing about turning the fancy drapes into the green dress, Mammy says "Who's that, a Yankee?" Her face is visible in the mirror, but her mouth never moves.


Crazy Credits

Rather than simply saying "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer presents Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind'", the opening credits say "Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer has the honor to present its Technicolor production of Margaret Mitchell's story of the Old South 'Gone With the Wind'".


Alternate Versions

Foreign versions of the film included a scrolling text prologue to explain the circumstances leading to the American civil war.


Soundtracks

Marching Through Georgia
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by
Henry Clay Work
In the score during the escape from Atlanta, and other sections

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Genres

Drama | History | Romance | War

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