Gone With The Wind

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(out of 5)

Like I could possibly say anything that hasn’t already been said. It’s the mother of all movies: inside its vast canvas you’ll find two of the greatest performances ever committed to film: Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara, a performance that only a woman like her could give so ably that it carries an entire four-hour film, and Olivia deHavilland’s Melanie, a woman who never ceases to be fascinating in her complexity and wisdom. The story is a mish-mash of Southern Gothic soap opera, most often historically inaccurate (slaves enjoying their labour? Whatever), but boy oh boy, try tearing your eyes away after you’ve gotten fifteen minutes into the process.

USA, 1939

Directed by Victor Fleming

Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell

Cinematography by Ernest Haller

Academy Awards
Best Actress (Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hattie McDaniel as “Mammy”)
Best Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Ernest Haller, Ray Rennahan)
Best Directing (Victor Fleming)
Best Film Editing (Hal C. Kern, James E. Newcom)
Outstanding Production (Selznick International Pictures)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Sidney Howard)
Special Award, to William Cameron Menzies for outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production.

Nominations
Best Actor (Clark Gable as “Rhett Butler”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Olivia de Havilland as “Melanie Hamilton”)
Best Music (Original Score) (Max Steiner)
Best Sound Recording (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, sound director)
Best Special Effects (John R. Cosgrove, Fred Albin, Arthur Johns)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Victor Fleming)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

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