Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind

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"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
Genre: Romance
Starring: Vivien Leigh

Clark Gable

Leslie Howard

Olivia de Havilland

Photography: Color
Release Date: December 15th, 1939
Country: United States

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

Plot

The film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler which all takes during the Civil War.

Why It Rocks

  1. A well-written story that blends a romantic subplot with a historical setting.
  2. It took place during one of the most famous events in U.S. history, the Civil War.
  3. It had exciting music that is perfect for the film's setting.
  4. Great characters, especially for Scarlett O' Hara, who was the most interesting of the two main protagonists.
  5. Mammy is a hilarious side character.
  6. Great casting, especially from Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland.
  7. It got to the point where Leigh (as Scarlett) and Hattie McDaniel (as Mammy) won Academy Awards for their performances.
  8. Some of the characters death is sad and heartbreaking, such as Bonnie Blue Butler and Melanie Hamilton's deaths.
  9. Very memorable quotes such as "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.", "After all, tomorrow is another day!", "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!", "Fiddle-dee-dee", and "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies"

Bad Qualities

  1. Scarlett O'Hara is a really unlikable protagonist (even though she was much worse in the original book) and does many mean things throughout the film, like marrying Charles Wilkes not out of love but just to make Ashley jealous, not even giving a damn when Charles dies and donating the engagement ring Charles gave to her as a donation.
  2. It includes themes and character depictions which may be offensive and problematic to contemporary audiences.

Trivia

  • This film held the record for the highest-grossing film for twenty-five years and, adjusted for inflation, has earned more than any other film.

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