Gone With the Wind

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Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. It was produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming from a screenplay by Sidney Howard. The epic film, set in the American South in and around the time of the American Civil War, stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Hattie McDaniel. It tells a story of the Civil War and its aftermath from a white Southern viewpoint.

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  • It has been said that while the North won the war, Margaret Mitchell won the peace, and certainly Appomattox was no match for the big guns of Hollywood. The movie was carefully designed to soften many of the book’s direct racial blows, except in the case of the dizzyingly imbecilic Prissy. (“I did everything they asked me to,” Butterfly McQueen said, “except I wouldn’t let them slap me and I wouldn’t eat the watermelon … I hated the part then.”) David Selznick expanded Mammy’s role (McQueen was counterbalanced by the august Hattie McDaniel) and insisted that, in sum, “the Negroes come out decidedly on the right side of the ledger.” But the seductiveness of the film swept all before it: by force of color and music, by the dynamics of movement and incident, and by the beauty of movie stars, Gone With the Wind—Selznick and Vivien Leigh’s Gone With the Windbecame a glorification of the Old South such as had never been seen before.

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