Gone With The Wind (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1939.

Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard in Gone With The Wind. Leigh won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, de Havilland received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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.

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