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.
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…
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…
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…
Qué bonito es ver estas películas en cine. Uno cree que las conoce bien y cuando está frente a ellas en pantalla grande, se vive una experiencia nueva y muy diferente. En más de 30 años de ver películas he visto muchas veces Lo que el viento se llevó, me encanta y es una de mis películas favoritas. Y ahora que la vi en cine me quitó el aliento como si fuera la primera vez. Nunca va a ser lo mismo ver ese cierre de la primera mitad y el final, con el contraluz de Scarlett de pie frente a Tara, con la increíble música de Steiner a todo lo que da y sintiendo esa emoción de que se está…
If there's a film that captures it's time perfectly, it's gone with the wind. What the directors accomplished here, can't be done again. This film is 75 years old and is still amazing, touching, relatable! Films like these make cinema an art form.
I love this film and this story with all my heart and I don't think anyone could do better. But lately, I don't know why, I've been craving for a reboot. I know it's risky, I know it could turn into a cinema blasphemy, but I think that with the right director and with the same care that the directors had, while, casting, while filming, and with the right actors, it could be done! I would love to see this film done by modern filmmakers and the technology we have today.
Am I dreaming here?
Vivien Leigh's screen presence is electric, even to this day. The same cannot be said for my marriage. Nowadays it would be impossible to distribute a movie this long. People lack the commitment to see things through to their conclusion. Take my marriage, for instance.
The score is nothing short of epic. I sure wish I could've listened to it without the constant ringing of that phone. I've explicitly told Debra I will only accept text messages after 7pm. I keep that phone connected for emergencies only. Clark Gable will forever be one of the greats. I'd like to think he could play any role, but I wonder. Everyone has their limits. Deb is a classic example.
While I enjoyed the IDEA of this movie, the experience of watching it (constant ringing, themes of love/marriage etc) served as a grim reminder of my personal shortcomings. I think it's safe to say I'll never watch another movie again.
This is a long film but is well worth the time to watch and really immerse yourself in the world of this story. The fact that the main characters are quite unlikeable but you still care what happens to them and you want to see how it all pans out for them.
One of the most popular and loved cinema epics, and I'm sorry, but it's kind of a fucking drag.
Seventy-Five Years of Spectacle
It is, of course, hard to judge relative movie grosses over the decades. On this day in 1939, people paid ten dollars a ticket to get into the Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind, which is officially more than I paid back in October to go see a remastered print with a bunch of other die-hard film buffs who were the sort of person to go see Gone With the Wind on a Sunday afternoon. Those people were paying what the website I use to calculate inflation tells me was the equivalent of $165 and change to be there with Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable and so forth--not, of course, Hattie McDaniel, who wasn't permitted…
"Gone with the wind" (Wood, 1939) no me gusta para nada; se me hace un insufrible telenovelón lacrimógeno, chantajista y, para colmo, ultraconservador.
Empero, reconozco su indudable protagonismo en la historia del cine.
The greatest damn of all time.
Hints of an american War and Peace reduce into simpler story of a desperate brat becoming manipulative gold digger who flirts with everyone, slaps the help around, is selfish to the point of slavery and adultery. Marries on the rebound a few times out of spite or for money. Her estranged husband frankly doesn't give a damn.
A rom com interlaced with a war drama, segueing into a refugee movie, into woman of commerce movie, and finally into a marriage drama. Lots of strong (if sometimes melodramatic) performances. Gorgeous lighting and color. The amalgam of popular genres supported by technical excellence were probably a big factor in the movie's success; something for everyone. Clark Gable's romantic Rhett Butler as the rebellious, clear-eyed voice of reason helped a bit, too, I'd say, bridging the divide between Northern and Southern sentiments.
There are flaws, certainly, but few for such an ambitious project.
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