Gone with the Wind


Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 8.2


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Reviewed by jotix100 10

This film shows the best of the American cinema. Whether we like the film, or not, one has to recognize the greatest achievement, perhaps, of the creative talent of the people working in the movie industry. &quot;Gone with the Wind&quot; represents a monumental leap, as well as a departure, for the movies, as they were done prior to this film.<br/><br/>The vision of David O. Selznick, the power behind bringing Margaret Mitchell&#39;s massive account about the South, before and after the Civil War, pays handsomely with the film that Victor Fleming directed. This movie will live forever because it reminds us of how this great nation came into being, despite the different opinions from the two stubborn factions in the war.<br/><br/>&quot;Gone with the Wind&quot; brought together the best people in Hollywood. The end result is the stunning film that for about four hours keep us interested in the story unfolding in the screen. Of course, credit must be due to the director, Victor Fleming, and his vision, as well as the adaptation by Sydney Howard, who gave the right tone to the film. The gorgeous cinematography created by Ernest Haller gives us a vision of the gentle South before the war, and the Phoenix raising from the ashes of a burned Atlanta. The music of Max Steiner puts the right touch behind all that is seen in the movie.<br/><br/>One can&#39;t conceive another Scarlett O&#39;Hara played by no one, but Vivien Leigh. Her beauty, her sense of timing, her intelligent approach to this role, makes this a hallmark performance. Ms. Leigh was at the best moment of her distinguished career and it shows. Scarlett goes from riches to rags, back to riches again and in the process finds an inner strength she didn&#39;t know she possessed. Her impossible love for Ashley will consume her and will keep her away from returning the love to the man that really loves her, Rhett.<br/><br/>The same thing applies to the Rhett Butler of Clark Gable. No one else comes to mind for playing him with the passion he projects throughout the movie. This is a man&#39;s man. Captain Butler was torn between his loyalty to the cause of the South and his sense of decency. His love for Scarlett, the woman he knows is in love with a dream, speaks eloquently for itself.<br/><br/>The other two principals, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard, give performances that are amazing to watch. Ms. de Havilland&#39;s Melanie Hamilton is perfect. Melanie is loyal to the woman that does everything to undermine her marriage to Ashley. Mr. Howard&#39;s Ashley gives a perfect balance to the man in love with his wife, while Scarlett keeps tempting him.<br/><br/>The rest of the cast is too numerous to make justice to all the actors one sees on the screen, but omitting the contribution of Hattie McDaniel to the film would be sinful. Ms. McDaniel was such a natural actress that she is excellent no matter in what movie she is playing. This huge talent is a joy to watch.<br/><br/>Comments to this forum express their objections to the way the race relations play in the movie, but being realistic, this movie speaks about the not too distant past where all kinds of atrocities, such as the slavery, were the norm of the land. While those things are repugnant to acknowledge, in the film, they are kept at a minimum. After all, this film is based on a book by one of the daughters of that South, Margaret Mitchell, who is presenting the story as she saw it in her mind, no doubt told to her from relatives that lived in that period of a horrible page in the American history.<br/><br/>Enjoy this monumental classic in all its splendor.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 10

Before I ever saw Gone With the Wind, I was well acquainted with Max Steiner&#39;s theme. It opened WOR TV&#39;s Million Dollar Movie before every broadcast in New York in the Fifties and Sixties. When my parents took me to see Gone With the Wind in one of MGM&#39;s re-releases as the film music started in my youthful eagerness to show off my knowledge I remarked to all who could hear that that was stolen from Million Dollar Movie.<br/><br/>Million Dollar Movie is gone now, but Gone With the Wind, book and film, remain eternal. In these days Margaret Mitchell&#39;s southern point of view book might have trouble finding a publisher, let alone selling film rights to the story. But it is a tribute to her and the characters she created that they remain alive in everyone&#39;s mind who reads the novel or sees the film. And that&#39;s just about the same because I can&#39;t think of another film that remained so faithful to the text.<br/><br/>It is said that Margaret Mitchell wrote the book with Clark Gable in mind as Rhett Butler. As the sober and ever realistic, but charming Rhett, Gable for most of the film is playing a character not to dissimilar from what he usually played on screen. However in the last half hour of the film when he&#39;s hit with unbelievable tragedy and he edges to the point of madness, Gable reached dimensions he never did before or subsequently. <br/><br/>If Mitchell knew who she wanted as Rhett, nobody knew who would be Scarlett. The search for Scarlett O&#39;Hara is one of those Hollywood legends as every actress with the possible exception of Edna May Oliver read for the part. Gone With the Wind started filming without a Scarlett as the famous burning of Atlanta sequence was done first. While it was being down, David O. Selznick settled on a fairly unknown British actress, at least in the USA, Vivien Leigh.<br/><br/>It was a stroke of casting genius. Vivien Leigh&#39;s screen output is pretty small, she was primarily a stage actress. Gone With the Wind is more her film than Rhett Butler&#39;s. The story is her story, how she evolved from a flighty young southern belle to a hardbitten woman who is determined to survive in the style of living she&#39;s become accustomed to from the pre-Civil War era. In the process she helps all those around her economically, but loses all their previous affection. <br/><br/>I&#39;ve always felt the key scene in the film is after Leslie Howard tells Leigh, he&#39;ll be marrying Olivia DeHavilland and Leigh makes a fool of herself with him, she finds out that Clark Gable has overheard the whole thing. He&#39;s fascinated by her, but because of that he&#39;s on to all her ploys.<br/><br/>Leslie Howard usually comes in for the smallest amount of analysis among the four leads. His Ashley Wilkes is not all that different from Alan Squire in The Petrified Forest. Imagine Squire as a wealthy plantation owner and you&#39;ve Ashley. He&#39;s stronger than he realizes though, he&#39;s the one that reluctantly enlists in the Confederate Army while the cynical Rhett Butler makes some big bucks as a blockade runner.<br/><br/>I&#39;ve always felt however that the most difficult acting job in Gone With the Wind was the role of Melanie Hamilton. Olivia DeHavilland after initially considering trying out for Scarlett, decided to go after Melanie. <br/><br/>It&#39;s a deceptive part, superficially it&#39;s a lot like the crinoline heroines DeHavilland was doing at Warner Brothers. Melanie is the counterpoint to Scarlett, an incredibly kind and decent soul who can&#39;t see bad in anyone. One of her best scenes is with Ona Munson who is Belle Watling, the most prominent madam in Atlanta. The other women of society snub her, but DeHavilland accepts her help for the Confederate cause. It&#39;s not about politics or slavery for Melanie, her husband is at war and his cause is her&#39;s.<br/><br/>And DeHavilland&#39;s death scene would move the Medusa to tears. It&#39;s a great tribute to the playing skill of Olivia DeHavilland in that Melanie NEVER becomes a maudlin character. She got her first Oscar nomination for Melanie in the Supporting Actress category, but lost it to fellow cast member Hattie McDaniel as Scarlett&#39;s mammy.<br/><br/>Hattie&#39;s a shrewd judge of character, she&#39;s a slave, but she&#39;s also a family confidante of the O&#39;Haras. As Gable says, she&#39;s one of the few people he knows whose respect he wants.<br/><br/>Of course Gone With the Wind is from the southern point of view. Growing up in Atlanta, Margaret Mitchell heard reminisces from many Confederate veterans and the stories they told found their way into Gone With the Wind. It&#39;s about what the white civilian population endured during the war and Reconstruction.<br/><br/>David O. Selznick got a bit of irony in there though. Please note during the burning of Atlanta the slaves who are being marched out to dig trenches are singing &#39;Let My People Go.&#39; And that&#39;s just what the Union Army was coming to Atlanta to do.<br/><br/>Gone With the Wind copped so many Oscars for 1939 that Bob Hope quipped at the Academy Awards ceremony that it was a benefit for David O. Selznick. Of course it was the Best Picture of 1939 and Vivien Leigh won the first of her two Best Actress Awards.<br/><br/>Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer kept itself in the black for years by simply re-releasing Gone With the Wind. Unlike any other classic film, it won new generations of fans with theatrical re-release. Somewhere on this planet there are people seeing this 67 year old classic and it is winning new fans as I write this.<br/><br/>And I think Gone With the Wind, the telling of the interwoven lives of Rhett, Scarlett, Ashley, and Melanie and the world they knew, will be something viewed and read hundreds of years from now.

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Reviewed by Murtaza Ali 10

Margaret Mitchell&#39;s Gone with the Wind, in its true essence, is a case study on the Old American way of living where pride and honor were the very essence of human existence. Victor Fleming&#39;s rendition of the classic novel, a classic within its own right, does full justice to the themes propagated by Mitchell&#39;s evocative masterpiece. In the words of Mitchell herself, Gone with the Wind is the story of the people whose gift of gumption gave them a definitive edge to endure the tribulation and throes of the American Civil War vis-à-vis those who lacked an inner resolve and determination needed for survival.<br/><br/>Scarlet O&#39;Hara, the well bred, haughty, tempestuous and opportunistic protagonist of the saga, is an ostensibly flawed individual whose inexorable urge to placate her ego and realize her fancies appears far stronger than her adherence to any credence pious to her people and relevant to her time. Her scintillating charm and unrestrained zeal not only make her an object of desire for her male counterparts but also an object of envy for the girls around her.<br/><br/>Vivian Leigh perfectly fits into the caricature of Scarlet O&#39;Hara. She makes full use of her talent, courage and guile to portray a part that requires subtlety, brusqueness and poise in equal parts. It may sound like a hyperbole, but no other actress seemed better equipped to play the part a southern belle than Leigh herself, who won not one but two Oscars while playing one: first for her portrayal of Scarlet O&#39;Hara and second for portraying Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Marlon Brando. In fact, her portrayal of Scarlet O&#39;Hara, in which she perfectly blends panache, poignancy and peremptoriness, is arguably the greatest portrayal by a female lead in cinematic history. Leigh uses her on-stage experience to improvise in order to add new dimensions and complexities to Scarlet&#39;s caricature, which according to the novel was mostly one dimensional: out-and-out bad. Scarlet&#39;s stubbornness and her impish obsession for a conformist like Ashley, who is not only indifferent to her feelings but also incapable of reciprocating the passion and zeal with which she pursues him, represent just one dimension of her multifaceted self, which is revealed layer by layer with the progression of the narrative. The viewer is gifted to see Scarlet in various avatars: a usurper, an egomaniac, a damsel, a nemesis, a menace, a guardian, a savior, a patriot, a fighter and most importantly as a quintessence of womanhood.<br/><br/>Clark Gable as Rhett Butler perfectly complements Vivian Leigh&#39;s larger than life portrayal. He is an outright reprobate, an unscrupulous opportunist whose life revolves around making money and pursuing carnal pleasures. However, behind this facade, just like Scarlet, there is a human capable of love, and worthy of being loved. These unobtrusive yet obvious similarities make Scarlet and Rhett a perfect match for each other. The subtle chemistry and tension between the two protagonists give the story its impetus and resonant charm. The rest of the cast has given exemplary performances with a special mention of Olivia de Havilland, who as Melanie is a paragon of love, humility and forgiveness. She provides a striking contrast to Scarlet&#39;s caricature and represents a more traditional picture of womanhood.<br/><br/>The movie&#39;s direction, cinematography, editing and music are all top notch and it is the great synergy of all these elements that makes the movie an extravaganza and an undisputed master piece, one to be savored till eternity. The movie is an amalgam of scenes, high on emotion and drama, which keeps the viewer absorbed throughout. The scene in which Scarlet&#39;s father tells her the importance of mother land, deeming it as the only thing worth fighting for, is pure gold. Other scenes that come close to matching its brilliance include the one in which Scarlet performs the duties of an obstetrician to help Melanie give birth to her child, and the one in which Scarlet pledges to protect Tara till her last breath. The movie also has an amazing repertoire of dialogs that are delivered with a nice mix of finesse and accuracy. Butler&#39;s famous dialog in which he says to Scarlet, &quot;You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how,&quot; also happens to be one of all time favorite. <br/><br/>The movie, especially its anti-climatic ending, brings tears to eyes and leaves the viewer overwhelmed as he experiences a rainbow of different emotions, being awestruck by the tremendous impact of the journey that he is vicariously made to undergo.<br/><br/>PS. Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of cinema&#39;s greatest marvels and is a living testament to cinema&#39;s timelessness, and its limitless potential. A must watch for everyone. 10/10<br/><br/>http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/

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