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.
**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…
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This legendary film - one of the very few truly essential films for any person to watch - is one that I'd always deferred watching until I had a chance to see it on a big screen, and today's experience definitely vindicated that in what was one of the best cinema-going experiences of my life.
It's infamously long but the four hour run time flew by; it's an incredibly enjoyable and engrossing film that passes as great entertainment, great art and as one of the most important cultural touchstones of any art form - in times where the abyss between quality of films and box office receipts has never been larger, it's comforting…
There no greater, there is no better, there is no other film with such beauty, diversity- story, so much of everything, so that everyone who watch's see's it differently, it is THE GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME...
.. that is what you call a INSTANT CLASSIC.
IT may be a cliche, but one of the best films of all time! The charming beauty of the South with it's chivalry and traditions~ and life forever changed by a cold and harsh reality. Living in and between the two is Scarlett O'Hara, perfected by the superb Vivan Leigh, spoiled but gritty ~ she lives on her family owned plantation "Tara." Olivia D' Havilland and Leslie Howard are truly marvelous and the charismatic presence of Clark Gable enhances the rich flavor of the film. Hattie McDaniel as an opinionated house slave of Tara is remarkable. Make this film a priority and if you've already seen it......see it, again.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. About anything in this movie. Besides the production values, I guess.
>Balance of Elements: 10/10
>Production Design- 10/10
-Sets & Props: 5/5
It is really long. Like really really long.
I watched this back in 2007 with my 4th grade class at the end of the year, however the teacher skipped over some parts, which was really annoying.
So I rewatched it 7 years later.
It was pretty good, and very much ahead of its time, but after the first 3 hours, it got dull and uninteresting.
Gone with the Wind is an epic drama that has its secured place in the history of cinema. With a grand story, standout performances and exceptional direction, this is one of the finest films ever made. With a simple story set amidst the Civil War that ravaged the U.S, the film is grand in scope and is highly engaging due to the chemistry of its two lead actors, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. This is a great movie because the story here are just so rich and simple in nature and the greatest movies use simple, yet emotional ideas to really tell a grand story. This is the case with Gone with the Wind. With a great cast at his…
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