David O. Selznick wantedGone with the Windto be somehow more than a movie, a film that would broaden the very idea of what a film could be and do and look like. In many respects he got what he worked so hard to achieve in this 1939 epic (and all-time box-office champ in terms of tickets sold), and in some respects he fell far short of the goal. While the first half of this Civil War drama is taut and suspenseful and nostalgic, the second is ramshackle and arbitrary. But there's no question that the film is an enormous achievement in terms of its every resource--art direction, color, sound, cinematography--being pushed to new limits for the greater glory of telling an American story as fully as possible. Vivien Leigh is still magnificently narcissistic, Olivia de Havilland angelic and lovely, Leslie Howard reckless and aristocratic. As for Clark Gable: we're talking one of the most vital, masculine performances ever committed to film.--Tom Keogh
You've probably run into one of the many iconic posters of Gone with the Wind, so you recognize the scene: The two main characters, Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, locked in passionate embrace, staring deep into each other's eyes. You might know the last few scenes, in which Scarlett repeatedly tells Rhett how much she loves him and tries to keep him from leaving her. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." "Tomorrow is another day!" And certainly, those who haven't seen the movie believe that … more
Pros: characters and costumes Cons: ....... The Bottom Line: ___________ Women in love and men toting guns, thats what movies are about and Gone With The Wind is no exception. Ive heard a lot of people say this was one of the most successful movies ever made, dont know, coulda been. Gone With The Wind became a big fat epic that I dont think people expected. It came out in what - … more
I have probably seen all or part of this film on more than a dozen occasions but not for several years until I recently checked it out in DVD format. The production values have never looked more vivid. The scope of the story and the scale of telling it are truly epic. The performances by Clark Gable and Leslie Howard are as impressive as ever. A number of supporting actors are first-rate. A number of scenes have retained their visual impact. And yet....I now think this highly praised film (ranked … more
Is this a great movie? Absolutely!!! Maybe the acting isn't the greatest, its a one-sided view of history, and we all know that Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable didn't like each other. But oh, the spectacle! The story! The dresses! It is an unforgettable movie, and one which will never fade as an all time favourite. And anyone who calls themselves a movie buff, or someone who just wants to lose themselves in another world for some 4 hours, cannot go by this as great entertainment.
How to begin? The movie is just fabulous. It is well cast, quite faithful to the book (important to someone who counts the book as a favourite among many) and it captures the tragic love story of Scarlett and Rhett very well. An excellent few hours escapism, and an interesting insight into the early years of Hollywood's block busters.