Gone With the Wind

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Gone With the Wind

It’s a good job they’re putting this ravishing new print of ‘Gone with the Wind’ in cinemas now – before Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ arrives in January to show us what American slavery really looked like. Its stereotype of happy slaves and kindly masters has never been more wince-inducing (the writers thankfully deleted the novel’s pro-Ku Klux Klan references). But no one watches ‘Gone with the Wind’ for historical accuracy. What keeps us coming back is four-hours of epic romance in gorgeous Technicolor.

Slavery, the Civil War, the burning of Atlanta, a street knee-deep in dead soldiers – all just a backdrop to the main event, Scarlett ’n’ Rhett. The feminist jury is still out on Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). Nothing but a serial husband-thief? Or a resilient modern woman doing what she can to survive? You decide. Rhett (Clark Gable) is the hard-drinking playboy who, when he looks at a woman, sees right through her petticoats. Scarlett: ‘You black-hearted varmint’ (store that one away for future use). Rhett: ‘You’ll never mean anything but misery to a man.’ Frankly, you’d have be as black-hearted as Rhett not to give a damn.

By: Cath Clarke

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Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday November 22 2013
Duration: 2011 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Victor Fleming
Screenwriter: Sidney Howard
Cast: Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh
Leslie Howard
Olivia de Havilland
Thomas Mitchell
Hattie McDaniel
Ona Munson
Ann Rutherford
Evelyn Keyes

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Grace I
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It's mythic and deservedly so. It's also racist and sexist, with a controversial scene in which a wife who was apparently raped the night before coos with pleasure the next morning, but it is still one of the most entertaining and over-the-top movies ever made. Feisty, beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara loves the weak Ashley Wilkes but loses him to the even weaker Melanie, but it's all for the best because the real love of her life, as she finally discovers, is the rakish and magnetic Rhett Butler. The stories of how this movie was cast and filmed are legendary (read about the Scarlett O'Hara Wars in Garson Kanin's "Moviola") and the burning of Atlanta scenes were some of the most spectacular ever filmed. The film's exuberant support of the Confederate side of the US Civil War (against those dastardly Yankees) should just be ignored in order to savour the sexual chemistry between Vivien Leigh's Scarlett and Clark Gable's Rhett ('Kiss me, Scarlett'). And the music isn't bad either. 

Tara P
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My favourite film of all time, an absolute masterpiece. Vivien Leigh's captivating eyes hold your attention throughout, as the selfish, manipulative yet irresistible Scarlettt O'Hara makes her way through several marriages and as many decades. It is at times uncomfortable to watch due to its romantic view of slavery, but disregarding that it is near perfect. The destruction of Atlanta was one of the most expensive scenes of all time, and had to be completed in a single take. There's drama, romance and spectacle. At 3 1/2 hours, it's best viewed in a comfy cinema or well-stocked with snacks at home!

Sam Yacuzzo

Read the book nonstop. The movie was the most amazing thing I had ever seen at the time. To compare it with later works is totally unfair. You must be a youngster. I admit that some of the movies that came out in that year were also great. The worst movie ever to win an Oscar in my mind is Slum dog Millionaire. We are much more civilized now and racially sympathetic.

John

The movie, when taken as a commentary of the effects of war on ordinary people, is superb. As a romance, it at times is more like a soap opera.

Carrie

I love this movie. It's my favorite of all I have ever seen. I know that technically it could have been better. But it has the magic that every other movie lacks so much. The strenght of portrayals (especially Vivien Leigh's, who was the best actress ever, in my opinion), the direction, art direction, screenplay, the whole cast, cinematography and Max Steiner's soundtrack... This movie is immortal. It will be loved and adored forever, as time goes by...

Carrie

I love this movie. It's my favorite of all I have ever seen. I know that technically it could have been better. But it has the magic that every other movie lacks so much. The strenght of portrayals (especially Vivien Leigh's, who was the best actress ever, in my opinion), the direction, art direction, screenplay, the whole cast, cinematography and Max Steiner's soundtrack... This movie is immortal. It will be loved and adored forever, as time goes by...