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: G
Release date: Friday December 15 1939
Duration: 222 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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This four-hour long epic movie is rivaled in length by its book beginnings, think 1,000+ pages of tiny type. The movie leaves out a few of Scarlett's husbands, but nevertheless portrays her cold and cunning character who's truly only looking out for herself.