Classic Film : Gone with the Wind (1939).

Re: Gone with the Wind (1939).

Brilliant movie

Re: Gone with the Wind (1939).

It's something I like on a dreary lazy Sunday afternoon. Once in awhile when I'm in the mood.
I prefer the miniseries, North and South starring Patrick Swayze and James Read and an all star cast.
Books one and two are the best. Book three? Not so much.

Fasten Your Seatbelts….
It's Going To Be A Bumpy Night!

Re: Gone with the Wind (1939).

Re: Gone with the Wind (1939).

Gone With the Wind was the culmination of three decades of evolving technical achievement, superior writing and brilliant casting. It was the absolute peak in cinematic art in the absolute peak year of Hollywood.

Within a few months WWII would change everything. The 1940's produced smaller, more economical features in b/w, propaganda films for the war and tons of film noir, horror and mystery movies.

Blockbuster epics like Gone With the Wind disappeared until the 1950's when studios began competing with television by using wide screen cinemascope on a gargantuan scale, beginning with The Robe (1953).

I'm sometimes amused by the fans of Titanic (1997) who overrate it almost as much as those who praise The Shawshank Redemption as the "best movie ever made."

Like Gone With the Wind, Titanic was (at the time) the end result of every technical achievement since 1939 and deserves all the accolades bestowed upon it for that reason.

That aside, the characters pale in comparison to those in David O. Selznick's masterwork and the script is adolescent tripe that becomes increasingly ridiculous as the story progresses.

Whatever your opinion of Gone With the Wind, the fact that we are still discussing the movie 80 years after it was released is proof that the movie is an enduring classic of the Hollywood studio system and one of the greatest motion pictures ever made.

And This, Too, Shall Pass Away