Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1939. Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by David O. Selznick. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by William Cameron Menzies. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Hal C. Kern. Academy Awards 1939.
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 so intelligent and nimble that it ably carries an entire four-hour film, and Olivia de Havilland‘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.