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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
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CastThomas Mitchell, Clark Gable, Evelyn Keyes, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh
DirectorSam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming
Genre:  Drama
Screen WriterBen Hecht, Jo Swerling, John Van Druten, Margaret Mitchell, Oliver H.P. Garrett
Runtime:  233 minutes
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD)
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review by . August 27, 2004
Pros: characters and costumes     Cons: .......     The Bottom Line: ___________     Women in love and men toting guns, that’s what movies are about and Gone With The Wind is no exception. I’ve heard a lot of people say this was one of the most successful movies ever made, don’t know, coulda been.       Gone With The Wind became a big fat epic that I don’t think people expected. It came out in what - …
review by . November 23, 1998
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.
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