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Gone With the Wind


Roger Davidson

Gone With the Wind
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Although I've been critical in the past about claims that this is the greatest film of all time, it is at least one of the best ever made. Based on Margaret Mitchell's epic novel, the story follows the trials and tribulations of the quintessential southern belle, Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). We follow her life through difficult years, from the Civil War to the painful post-war years, a period in which the South was raped, pillaged and plundered by the North. During these times, she vies for the love of gentleman Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), but is easily taken in by the charms of the dashing rogue, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

In retrospective, it's a four hour soap opera. But oh what a great, grand soap opera! It's an experience that is nice to see on the little screen, but must be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated. Filmed in gorgeous technicolor, with some of the most impressive performances and technical achievements Hollywood had to offer at the time. My favorite performer: Gable, who adds humorous moments to a somber story. There are some memorable moments that should not be missed: The destruction and burning of Atlanta; Scarlett's tearful pledge that she "will never go hungry again"; Rhett's departure. All this and more, with so many great things to offer.

My Rating = Four Stars

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