Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Gone with the Wind
The greatest romance of all time!
An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Film #26 of Project 30
”After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Stories set in war time always offer great drama and character development, passing of time and the changes it brings to the moral values of society and individuals provides writers and film makers with a great chance to study some of the basic principles of life: unfaltering love affected by the tumultuous nature of events, hope for a better future, sacrifice, dismay, misfortune and regret and the most heart-warming of all, determination to bounce back and recreate the glory and power of the past despite all the difficulties ahead.
It is that thematic richness of the life story of Scarlett O'Hara that has enabled Gone with the Wind to…
**Part of the Best Picture**
Few films, if any, accomplish technical excellence, and it’s not hard to see why. Many films, even good ones, have some flaws that keep them from perfection. So it really amazes me that a film like Gone with the Wind with the production history it had managed to be just so damn perfect. There isn’t a thing wrong with it. It is a master class lesson in nearly everything that makes up cinema, and what amazes me even more is how the sheer epic nature of the film holds up even today.
Until this watch, I had not seen Gone with The Wind since I was very young, and my grandmother took me to see…
This review applies to the September 5, 2013 production of Gone With the Wind presented at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin, Texas.
Somehow, growing up in Atlanta and noticing that a few people in history have liked it, I had never seen this movie. It seemed that the perfect way to finally sit down and watch it would be in a grand theater older than the movie itself. Little did I know The Paramount was staging a radical experimental screening full of Brechtian distancing techniques and planted actors. I will try to summarize and do my best (I'm not much of a theater person) to analyze their intentions.
The movie began late, with many people still being allowed to…
Victor Fleming achieved what had never been achieved in filmmaking before, and definitively would not be achieved until decades later within the genre of epic cinema; neither the world was ever so majestically amazed on the level this film did 70 years ago. Regardless of the fact that Fleming had amazed all types of audiences in the same year, including both young and old people and critics with Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, he gave birth to one of the best movies of all time, and certainly the best American classic ever made.
Gone with the Wind has been recognized as the best classic film, as well as one of the most moving and romantic stories…
I have cast this film aside all my life, imagining it to be to far from my taste and spending 4 hours with it a possible chore, but I can now validate my film buff license.
The film is stately in all areas of production, it looks, sounds and feels majestic - perfectly crafted in-fact. The big strike against it though is that it's a Hollywood production in all the worst ways; the highest order of melodrama I have experienced outside of a TV soap opera, a glossy sheen as slick as Clark Gable's hair over the whole piece, which in turn lends itself to putting a glowing halo around the tumultuous events and atrocities of this period of American…
I had a dream about this film last night. There was nothing particularly special about the dream, which essentially consisted of me watching moments in the film. What was interesting to note is that when I woke up I had this sincere feeling of appreciation for this work. I had, and held onto for many hours, an understanding of what made this film so unbelievably popular when it first came into the world. I can't express in words just what that feeling was, probably love, but I know that it was intense.
A lot of people suggest that a flaw of this film is that it is long. I say that what these people are doing is listing something that…
"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."- Rhett Butler
I put off watching this film for a long time because I really didn't think I'd like it. This was in no small part due to its near four hour runtime. Well, I finally decided to watch it and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The four hours went by fairly quickly too. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are each spectacular in their iconic roles of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara respectively and the two share wonderful chemistry together.
The rest of the cast does…
This is a film that I will reserve judgment until I see it again on the biggest screen possible.
classic..."never go hungry again" "frankly my dear, i don't give a damn"
Epic visual masterpiece.
Embarrassed to say it took me all of my 27 years to see this film, and incredibly awful racist revisionism and masturbatory lost cause eulogizing aside, this is an absolute masterwork of Classical Hollywood cinema.
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
Everyone in this movie made me want to scream: Scarlett needs to stop overdramatizing everything, Rhett needs to come terms with his love for a woman who doesn't seem to care for him, Ashley needs to grow up and tell Scarlett how he feels, and people need to appreciate what Scarlett did for them in difficult times.
Also, this movie is so long. Very long. How did people sit through movies like these?
Now onto what I loved about this film. The acting! Woah, so okay, I cried a bit. Watching the heartbreak that is Rhett/Scarlett/Ashley is so tough. You want to scream at Scarlett for her need for a taken man.…
This is a classic that is absolutely riddled with problems; the bloated and frankly unnecessary running time which adds nothing to the overall dramatic impact; Scarlett as the main character being a massive nuisance destroying everything she touches for most of the runtime; the dated acting and melodrama to even the slightest of happenings. It sugarcoats quite serious events and whenever you think it might just start taking the civil war seriously it gets a bit too fluffy and cheesy about it. Somehow that four hour long epic runtime just whisks right by.
I'm not going to lie, there is so many problems that this film has and I'd completely understand…
Gone with the Wind is the very definition of a classic and one of the most emblematic films of what Hollywood stands for. Several decades after its release, it remains one of the most beloved and awe-inspiring Hollywood epics and a film that is greatly representative of its era and the art of film itself.
I would proudly include it also among my personal favorites. It tells a wonderful story with amazing and endearing characters. Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler's names are deeply carved in movie history among cinema's most iconic characters, and Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable's performances are simply legendary, though Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes are also magnificent.
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