Gone With the Wind

Screening on Film
Directed by Victor Fleming.
With Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland.
US, 1939, 35mm, color, 238 min.

The ultimate American epic, producer David O. Selznick’s adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s storied tale of the old South has yet to be matched in terms of its cultural impact. Vivien Leigh devours the screen as Scarlett O’Hara, the mischievous belle who strings along the roguish Rhett Butler (Gable) while pining for the sensitive, yet unavailable Ashley Wilkes. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the film has received its fair share of criticism for its problematic representation of race yet it still manages to astound audiences through multiple re-releases.

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