All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
Exceptionally well crafted and laden with characters so fleshed out I half expected them to step out from the big screen into my living room at any minute!
The cinematography and iconic shots such as Rhett Butler standing at the foot of the grand staircase gazing up at Scarlet O'Hara with a come hither look that could melt even the coldest of hearts and cause all the ladies to sigh and go weak in the knees!
Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) met is match when he crossed paths with Scarlett O'Hara ( Vivien Leigh)! Their tale of love, passion and heartache will go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest romances in cinematic history!
The film is…
**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…
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…
Rewatched under TCM's rerelease in honor of its 75th anniversary. Surprisingly, this is the first Best Picture film I've rewatched after passing it on the Best Picture Project (a half lie, I've rewatched my share of Citizen Kane).
It's one thing to watch this on its beautiful restored Bluray, but it's another to see it with an audience on a big screen. Funny things are funnier, sad things are sadder, epic sweeps are more epic and sweepier. It's an experience that can't be missed, and the thought that the cinemas might one be swept away into the wind, a relic of the past, is as tragic as the fall of the South.
I don't have much to add. It's as…
Okay, I know it's a cliché to consider this among the greatest 1930s movies made, but it's nearly impossible not to be impressed with David O. Selznick pulling off a monster epic of such proportions as Gone with the Wind (1939)!
Visually this was sensational! Such style in every frame. Poetic, classy, haunting and with such color. Those red nights are magical. A masterful job capturing the beauty of the south.
Clark Gable is Rhett! No more needed to be said. A career high, unable to top! Vivien Leigh gets the big part and grabs the chance with both arms and more. An tremendous display rarely ever seen! Clicks perfectly and awards her the Oscar! As her opposite Olivia de…
Rhett Butler: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". I love that line.
The story is about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy…
- Rhett! If you go, where should I go? What should I do?
- Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Nowhere close to the best Hollywood film but very likely the most fascinating -- the personalities involved, the mammoth undertaking it was, the audacious blend of high drama and (what now feels like) camp, it's kind of ridiculous how absorbing and entertaining it all is. And also, the only film I know of to push four hours that still somehow seems economical. To this day it feels unique, and like something more than a movie. On this particular viewing I for the first time found myself more caught up in the second half than the first, especially since I specifically turned it on to make it to the Atlanta fire. Long review from a previous goround here.
It's very controversial to say that I love Gone With the Wind. I wish it wasn't because by both 1939 and 2015 standards, it's an amazing piece of filmmaking. It's the grandest of epic with gorgeous sweeping shots of the destruction of war all as a backdrop for one of the most tumultuous of romances. Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) is one of the most unexpected female anti-heroes I've ever seen grace the screen. She's complex in her selfishness and will to survive, an unrivaled feminist of the 1800's. All that said this film is incredibly racist.
Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the novel this film was based on, longed for the antebellum south, a south of wealth and class that also…
"Why, all we have is cotton and slaves and arrogance."
I'm so glad that twit got her comeuppance.
Again, I'm extremely bothered by the fundamental viewpoint that the north was bad for wanting to stop slavery. Those goofy "darkies" are depicted as essentially enjoying slavery, and the film seems to be suggesting that we should miss the good old days. No thanks.
As of the 11th of July, Gone with the Wind is one of the most overrated pieces of tripe that I've ever seen. I never understood this film's fanbase and trust me that I really tried to enjoy it.
None of the characters are likeable, O'Hara's a shrew, Butler's a womanizer and Prissy's an imbecile. The ending is open ended and doesn't give full closure to the main character. The only good part of the film is where Scarlett O'Hara vows to herself that she will do anything for the survival of her family, that's really it.
I will not recommend this film. How did this ever win Best Picture?
2 out of 10.
What's the fuss about. Even the best performance (Leigh) feels so ridiculous and unmerited that I cant help but laugh. The most interesting thing about it to me is how the slaves are treated. Similar to what bell hooks describes in her article on the oppositional gaze, all of Scarlett's whining just gets a "what's this white woman got to be complaining about" attitude from mammy. So while the film is obviously not historically accurate, we can find sparks of truth in the experience of reacting to white privilege from a modern context.
I liked it and the length of the film didn't bother me and that's saying something because it's nearly 4 hours long. Goes to show just how engaging it is.
Scarlet O'Hara was acted out brilliantly by Vivian Leigh and oh how I wanted to slap Scarlet so many times. She might just be the most naive, self centered idiot in cinema, from what I've seen so far. From her delusional obsession with Ashley to her non-existent emotion at the death of both her husbands. She felt no guilt or remorse for marrying them for her gain even after their deaths. It's almost like she forgot they were human and they just became a means to an end for her.…
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