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Gone With The Wind

Gone With the Wind and Citizen Kane are the two best films of the century.  The opportunity to see Gone With the Wind in its new release all cleaned up and bright with improved sound is close to a hallowed experience.

The first time I saw Gone With the Wind was at the old Strand theater in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  One of my aunts decided that her kids and I should experience the screen version of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The most vivid memory I carried from that long ago experience was of the Atlanta train station filled with wounded and dying confederate soldiers who, a short time before, were so anxious to take on the North.

The beauty of Victor Fleming's direction (he shared the responsibilities with George Cukor and Sam Wood) received one of the film's eight Oscar Awards.  Their use of shadows and color, right down to Vivien Leigh pinching her cheeks to make them red, was leading edge in film history.

Clark Gable was perfectly cast as the rogue Rhett Butler, who profited from the war.  He did not win an Oscar for his performance but Leigh did for her mesmerizing performance as Scarlett O'Hara.  Hattie McDaniel as Mammy - the first black Oscar winner - beat out Olivia DeHavilland who was also nominated for supporting actress.  The film won best picture and Fleming was named best director in 1939.  Other Oscars were for film editing, art direction, screenplay, and cinematography.  Special awards were given for the use of color and coordinated equipment.

Seize the opportunity to see this magnificent film while you can.

Gone With The Wind


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