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…
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…
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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…
"I just spent 4 hours of my life watching the most annoying cunt in the history of cinema."
A lot of classics tend to not live up to their reputation for me personally, but I can usually understand why others love them and I normally at least like them. That was definitely not the case here.
I've read reviews praising this film saying there's nothing wrong with it. I'm no expert on the technical aspects of filmmaking so I won't argue that aspect of it, but I personally find plenty of things wrong with it. My number one issue was the main character Scarlett who we spend much of the near 4 hours with. She's one of the most…
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…
I FINALLY SAW THIS AT THE CINEMA AND IT WAS JUST SO FLAWLESS AND BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYONE CLAPPED AT THE END IT IS JUST SO MAGNIFICENT (YES THIS ISNT A REVIEW BUT IDC)
The politics may seem questionably dated, but the story does feel epic in scope and scale and is fantastically shot.
I know it's a classic. And I was glad to a have a chance to see it on the big screen. But.. Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
Currently playing on AMC… even over an hour in and with commercials, I can't not watch! Truly epic, in every sense of the word, and one of my all-time favorite films.
How could a gal NOT swoon (at least a little bit) for Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler? He just may be the original bad boy with a heart of gold… so bad, and yet so sweet too… and tall, dark and handsome (unconventionally so) besides. That Scarlett can’t see (or maybe just admit) it, because she’s so inexplicably hooked on wussy Ashley, is beyond maddening. When Rhett comforts her nightmare… the way he adores Bonnie… when he doesn’t realize how happy she is after their night together… when she calls for him, but no one hears… when he leaves the Wilkes’ house for the last time… *SIGH*. They’re each sooo good and sooo charming individually, and literally legendary together.
Some people will say I'm wrong for considering this one of the greatest American epic's made.
Some people will say I'm wrong for considering this one of the best looking films made.
Some people will say I'm wrong for considering this one of the finest films made.
Frankly, I don't give a damn.
Today I rewatched this film on the big screen. The last time I watched it was six years ago, the last time on the big screen ten years ago.
So - to add my thoughts today. Clark Gable IS Rhett Butler. He's exactly as written by Margaret Mitchell, sardonic, charming, and a modern Gothic hero. Vivien Leigh was never better than here as Scarlett, beautiful in Technicolor and absorbing as she fights for her beloved Tara and her dreams of Ashley.
Leslie Howard's casting as Ashley has been looked upon rather unkindly over the years; he's too old, but he has the acting range to make this character convincing. And Olivia de Havilland is great as the loving Melanie.
I'm with Rhett, I didn't give a damn either.
Definitely one of the most overdone movies of all time, it has way too much romance on its mind and not enough significant plot. Its redeeming factor that makes it watchable is Clark Gable, who ends off the film with the absolutely perfect line "I don't give a damn"... which exactly what I was thinking about Vivien Leigh throughout the whole movie. Otherwise, I guess the civil war scenes are neat and the production design is good.
If you had told me yesterday morning that I was going to watch the movie Gone with the Wind on my flight to Los Angeles, I would have called you a liar. But when a four hour flight presents a four hour film as part of its in-flight entertainment, one has to seize the moment. This was probably my only opportunity to see Gone with the Wind unless I actively sought it out myself, which, frankly, I wasn't going to do. Gone with the Wind is the cinematic giant that nobody wants to see, but everyone wants to have seen. Well, now I've seen it, and am happy to cross it off my watchlist. But the real question is, does…