GONE WITH THE WIND (1939 Los Angeles Premier USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Stars ìììì

Gone With the Wind—even today—stands as the industry classic of artistic endeavor. The casting with Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) and Vivian Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara) could not be more outstanding. This is one of the longest running films I’ve watched since 2009. With interludes, the movie, set in the pre- through post-American Civil War period, spans nearly four hours.

Storyline

The film explores the American Civil War from the south’s point of view and through the eyes of plantation owners as they pass through loss and upheaval during that war period. It’s a tale of rebuilding after loss and the driving forces that make rebuilding possible.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director Victor Fleming, George Cukor, and Sam Wood. Thank you to Producer David O. Selznick for making the film possible. Thank you to Max Steiner for the music. Thank you for the screenplay by Sidney Howard and for the novel by Margaret Mitchell. Additional characters/cast include: Gerald O’Hara (Thomas Mitchell), Ellen O’Hara (Barbara O’Neil), Suellen O’Hara (Evelyn Keyes), Carreen (Ann Rutherford), Brent Tarleton (George Reeves), Stuart Tarleton (Fred Crane), Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Pork (Oscar Polk), Prissy (Butterfly McQueen), Jonas Wilkerson (Victor Jory), Big Sam (Everett Brown), John Wilkes (Howard C. Hickman), India Wilkes (Alicia Rhett), and Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. There is no lack here. It has full entertainment value.

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