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…
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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…
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…
Held high in esteem by so many I could never find the enthusiasm to sit through a 4 hour mammoth, but the chance to see it on the big screen gave me the greatest possibility to finally be done with such a praised classic. I feared it would be exhausting, but my assumption couldn’t have been more untrue if I tried. It’s a marvellous epic, soaring through the lives of its characters with such a divine degree of charisma and impotence. All throughout Victor Fleming laces his film with a beautiful charm and an unexpectedly precise use of wit, giving the film its elegance and force to explore masses of themes whilst giving it that less intimidating presence to get the viewer engulfed within it all. There’s really not much to say about Gone with the Wind that hasn't’t already been said.
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 sometimes wonder if this one ever goes on to long, but by the end you can't help but marvel in its greatness.
This is the archetypal studio epic from the great film year of 1939. It has a great cast led by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, impressive images of the Civil War era, and memorable moments. It is one of the those movies that is central to American culture much like Casablanca or the Godfather. Its main downside would be its monumental length because it begins to drag in the latter half. Besides that Gone With the Wind is a solid film that is worth watching.
Rhett Butler is Robin Thicke's favourite fictonal character.
I never expected to like Gone With The Wind as someone who generally thinks all films are too long how could a four hour epic ever work. When I finally caught up with the film on DVD a few years ago I was pleasantly surprised, it was even better seeing it on the cinema screen. Part one is just about flawless, wonderful in so many ways and the time just flies by. Things slow down a bit in part two but it never fails to completely engaging and builds to a fantastic ending.
(Approx. date.) Classic.
Could move half a star in either direction within the next week or so, but on the whole, I enjoyed it, although there were brief sections that completely lacked drama. Wonderful costuming and lots of well-lit shots that made for memorable images, and great ensemble acting.
I've also decided, as a result of this film, that a pretty good 4 hour movie feels much faster than a merely mediocre film of half that length.
Approx. date of viewing.
I didn't see 'Gone with the Wind' for the first time until about three years ago. Quite honestly, I had reservations about watching a film with a nearly four hour running time. I sometimes get antsy watching a movie with a two-hour running time if it doesn't feel like it has enough content to fill it. How could a film possibly have enough story to fill four hours?
Many consider 1939 to be the greatest year for the classical Hollywood studios because of productions such as, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights and Stagecoach. There are so many things about 'Gone with the Wind' that make it such an amazing picture. It had an amazing…
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