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.
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…
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…
One of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick, called Gone with the Wind "a terrible film". I think the great Mr. Kubrick might have been on to something. While I'm not sure I would necessarily call this film "terrible", I certainly wouldn't call it a great. There are, however, many great aspects to Gone with the Wind. The beautiful sets, the gorgeous cinematography, and the overall constant glamour that is common in classic studio Hollywood films. Unfortunately, I don't think that these few aspects are enough to hold this movie together.
My first problem with the film is that I couldn't find a side to root for. The two lead characters were both incredibly unlikable and annoying. The…
I clapped my television screen at the end of GONE WITH THE WIND. Clark Gable's character was great, also loved Vivien Leigh. Very impressive!
Laying the way for all epics, Gone with the Wind is a amazing feet of cinematic history, using production values like nothing ever seen before and benefiting from its storytelling. Sadly though Gone with the Wind wastes its techniques on unwanted melodrama and a horribly acted cast who's characters are as thin and meaningless as the ridiculous one liners that plague this movie.
"Gone with the wind, all they are is gone with the wind." Well, I'm sorry about my shamelessly predictable song reference, but I stand by it, because that song is kind of tragic like this story, even if it is one of only a handful Kansas songs that isn't about as long as this film. I don't know if there's anything tragic about this film, because it is one of the most successful things, like, ever, and probably not just in the film industry, which is amazing, considering that this film lasts quite a while. Well, it's not as if people had much going on during the Great Depression, something I'm sure they just said was getting cleared up by…
All time classic!
"You should be kissed and often, and by someone who know how." Μακράν από τα πιο καλογυρισμένα για την εποχή του οf course και all time classic & into - the - point καλώς ή κακώς πάντοτε μιας και οι Scarlett O' Hara πότε μα ποτέ δεν θα εκλείψουν από το μάταιο τούτο κόσμο.
PS: Rhett I love you :)
Racism - refers to slavery as the good old days
Racist stereotyping of black women >_> literally naming the the mammy stereotypes character "Mammy"? Really?
Racism apologism "we won't be able to remember that the civil war was about our right to own humans".
Rape culture - Nice Guy syndrome TM, manditory sex in marriage, rape threats
Body policing/fat shaming
Rape apologism (I was drunk!)(we're married!)(I deserve youu!)
The look on Vivien Leigh's face when Clark Gable enters the Confederate Ball is a great moment in cinema, a shot I hope to remember forever. The rest of the film is utter trash I'd much sooner forget. To call its racial and gender politics a relic of a bygone era would be too easy — this is a film which has stood the test of time, remembered fondly in the hearts of many (the applause as the curtains drew at this particular screening will attest to that). On its 75th anniversary we are almost as far from Gone with the Wind as the film was from the events it depicts. There is no excusing it.
Incredible visuals. The twin distractions of overbearing diegetic music and typically wretched, over-the-top, super-inflected Hollywood Golden Age acting at times make the dialogue/plot unintelligible. Style points aside, it's a fairly decent story and study of psychopathy.
The first half was all that I was expecting. The second half was not.
I'd say 3 and half stars for the first half and like, 20 stars for the second.
I'm so mad that this movie is good.
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