Gone with the Wind (1939)
(G) 222 mins

Oh Rhett! I have writerís block! I have no idea what to write for this review! What do I say? What do I do? ďFrankly, my dear, I donít give a damn.Ē Jeez, thatís cold. How can you say that? And why did you call me dear?

Well, as I hope everyone who reads this is aware of the above quote. In fact, if I remember correctly, It was named the number one film quote of all-time according to AFI. Personally, I prefer the Ďbadgesí quote from Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But thatís probably why I donít work for the American Film Institute.

The film sells itself to be the ultimate civil war epic. And (as Iím sure many will attest to) it genuinely is. Itís almost four hours in length, but never truly feels too long. You never really lose interest. At the heart of the story lies the immortal Scarlett OíHara (Vivien Leigh), who pretty much uses anyone at her disposal to get what she wants. Such traits are generally frowned upon, but in the state of reconstruction, she is exactly what the family needs to stay together and keep the land. Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) is the love her life, who also likes to devote himself to lost causes (how fitting).

But whatís great about the film is that it isnít just about the epic romance between Scarlett and Rhett. Itís about the South before and after the Civil War. We see the demise of the gentlemanly ways of the rich, opulent manors with slaveowners (funny how often the word opulent can be used to describe the last days of an empire). The Northern army then sweeps in, bringing death, sickness and destruction with it. I like how the army is portrayed in the film. We never actually see the Northern Army itself, we just see the fear that is instilled in the populace as they hear the blasts of their cannons. The second half of the film begins when the Civil War ends, as we watch the same privileged wealthy struggle to adjust to poverty. Scarlettís tenacity helps her keep afloat, but many other landowners arenít as lucky.

ĎGone With the Windí is as epic a film as they come. Right now, Iím struggling to come up with a good encompassing thought to finish my review. I guess Iíll sleep on it, and come up with one tomorrow. ďAfter all, tomorrow is another day.Ē

+4


Oscar Awards
Best Picture
Best Actress (Vivien Leigh)
Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel)
Best Director (Victor Fleming)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Achievement in Cinematography (Color)
Achievement in Art Direction
Achievement in Film Editing

Oscar Nominations
Best Actor (Clark Gable) (He shoulda won)
Best Supporting Actress (Olivia de Havilland)
Achievement in Sound Recording)
Best Original Score