Leigh's American agent was the London representative of the talent agency headed by David Selznick's brother, one of the owners of Selznick International , and she had requested in February that her name be submitted for consideration as Scarlett. The cast's names are ordered according to the social rank of the characters; therefore Thomas Mitchell, who plays Gerald O'Hara, leads the cast list as the head of the O'Hara family, while Barbara O'Neil as his wife receives the second credit and Vivien Leigh as the eldest daughter the third credit, despite having the most screen time. In the process she helps all those around her economically, but loses all their previous affection. The cinematography is beautiful, memorable. Across all releases, it is estimated that Gone with the Wind has sold over , generating more theater admissions in that territory than any other film. Comments to this forum express their objections to the way the race relations play in the movie, but being realistic, this movie speaks about the not too distant past where all kinds of atrocities, such as the slavery, were the norm of the land. Of course Gone With the Wind is from the southern point of view.
It became at that time the ever presented on a single network, watched by 47. Suddenly, the Civil War brakes out, changing the fates and fortunes of all. Every time I watch this film, and I've seen it more times than I can remember, I'm always astonished by the freshness of the story, the power of the emotions it conveys and the beautiful, detailed images of a time long gone. I've always felt however that the most difficult acting job in Gone With the Wind was the role of Melanie Hamilton. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie.
Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. Captain Butler was torn between his loyalty to the cause of the South and his sense of decency. With that amendment, the had no further objection to Rhett's closing line. Leigh uses her on-stage experience to improvise in order to add new dimensions and complexities to Scarlet's caricature, which according to the novel was mostly one dimensional: out-and-out bad. Director , with whom Selznick had a long working relationship and who had spent almost two years in pre-production on Gone with the Wind, was replaced after less than three weeks of shooting.
The scene in which Scarlet's father tells her the importance of mother land, deeming it as the only thing worth fighting for, is pure gold. Gone with the Wind also held the record for most nominations until 1950 secured fourteen. Selznick used the delay to continue to revise the script and, more importantly, build publicity for the film by. Other scenes that come close to matching its brilliance include the one in which Scarlet performs the duties of an obstetrician to help Melanie give birth to her child, and the one in which Scarlet pledges to protect Tara till her last breath. Yankee Soldier in Shantytown uncredited. Historical Dictionary of the 1950s. In a confidential memo written in September 1938, Selznick flirted with the idea of replacing him with Victor Fleming.
Vivien Leigh's screen output is pretty small, she was primarily a stage actress. The search for Scarlett O'Hara is one of those Hollywood legends as every actress with the possible exception of Edna May Oliver read for the part. Successful re-releases in 1954 and 1961 enabled it to retain its position as the industry's top earner, despite strong challenges from more recent films such as Ben-Hur, but it was finally overtaken by in 1966. Gone With the Wind copped so many Oscars for 1939 that Bob Hope quipped at the Academy Awards ceremony that it was a benefit for David O. There were further re-releases in 1971, 1974 and 1989; for the fiftieth anniversary reissue in 1989, it was given a complete audio and video restoration. While perpetuating some myths, the film makes concessions in regard to others.
Whether we like the film, or not, one has to recognize the greatest achievement, perhaps, of the creative talent of the people working in the movie industry. In the words of Mitchell herself, Gone with the Wind is the story of the people whose gift of gumption gave them a definitive edge to endure the tribulation and throes of the American Civil War vis-à-vis those who lacked an inner resolve and determination needed for survival. When Rhett returns from an extended trip to London, Scarlett informs him that she is pregnant, but an argument ensues which results in her falling down a flight of stairs and suffering a. New Born Baby Boy uncredited. One day at Frank's mill, Scarlett and Ashley are seen embracing by Ashley's sister, India, and harboring an intense dislike of Scarlett she eagerly spreads rumors. Captain Butler was torn between his loyalty to the cause of the South and his sense of decency. Stunning color, the most popular mail actor of his time, perfect music score, incredible action scenes, story line only 70 years removed from when it happened, and on, and on.
Million Dollar Movie is gone now, but Gone With the Wind, book and film, remain eternal. Tags: life and death, civil war, southern u. Bonnie Blue Butler as Newborn uncredited. It's about what the white civilian population endured during the war and Reconstruction. Guest at Birthday Party uncredited. Scarlett and Rhett at the charity dance Scarlett is widowed when Charles dies from a bout of and while serving in the. .
In 2014, it placed fifteenth in an extensive poll undertaken by , which ballotted every studio, agency, publicity firm and production house in the region. What was there to compare with? Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: , Production Co: Selznick International Pictures Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Keywords: , , , , , , , , , The sexual tension and humorous byplay between Leigh and co-star Clark Gable, in the role of gentleman rogue Rhett Butler, was riveting. And DeHavilland's death scene would move the Medusa to tears. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. The same thing applies to the Rhett Butler of Clark Gable.