Its racism is particularly unnerving ina year in which American society has grappled with racial unrest over police treatment of African-Americans and other issues. The book -- all 1, pages of it -- was a phenomenon of Harry Potter proportions and audiences damn well wanted to see every last detail on screen.
Premiere and Posterity Few films are so closely identified with a geographical region as Gone With the Wind is identified with Georgia and the Old South. The adaptation of Margaret Mitchell 's novelproduced by David O. It remains one of the most popular and commercially successful films ever made.
Its main theme, from the Max Steiner score, is recognized throughout the world. In its use of color, scene design, and cinematography, it set new standards. The film won eight Academy Awards, more than any film up to that time. Adapting the Novel Gone With the Wind Commemorative Stamp film is a relatively faithful adaptation of the novel, despite a handful of significant changes.
The novel offers detailed information about the early lives of Gerald and Ellen O'Hara that is largely missing from the film. The film significantly simplifies Scarlett's life removing, for example, two of her children and discards much of the novel's social context.
The novel's racial attitudes were softened—offensive language and references to the Ku Klux Klan were removed, and the sexual overtones of the attack on Scarlett in the freedmen's settlement were deleted.
The novel was sexually explicit for its day, but this too was toned down, in accord with the Hays Code; Rhett Butler's rape of Scarlett and Melanie's childbirth were treated in indirect or euphemistic terms. Seldom has a successful film been the product of such chaos and disorganization.
The time between Selznick's purchase of the rights to the novel and the actual premiere was three and a half years; in the s most movies were produced and premiered within a matter of months. The search for actors to play the leading characters became the stuff of American legend: Clark Gable was a popular choice as Rhett Butler, though Selznick had to sell MGM an interest in the film to gain permission to use him.
Gable did not want to play the part. Leslie Howard was embarrassed by the Ashley Wilkes role. Olivia de Havilland, on the other hand, actively sought to play the part of Melanie Wilkes. Perhaps as a way of generating publicity, and to create the proper atmosphere, Selznick did look for southern actors.
A casting call in Atlantaheld at the Biltmore Hotel, brought a mob of hundreds of young women hoping to play Scarlett.
In the end, only a few minor roles went to southerners. Gable was from Ohio and refused to use a southern accent; Leigh and Howard were from England. Two Georgians, Susan Myrick and Wilbur Kurtz, served as advisors to Selznick on matters of cultural and historical accuracy.
Selznick wanted to produce an epic drama that was historically accurate.With today's technology, wind energy could provide 20% of America's electricity (or about the amount nuclear power provides) with turbines installed on less than 1% of its land area.
"Gone With the Wind" is known as the American "War and Peace".
Margaret Mitchell's novel about the American War and its effects on three families and the world of these people before, during, and after the war.
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Though Gone with the Wind is a classic now, not everyone was a fan of the epic novel when it was released—and that includes critics. Ralph Thompson, a book reviewer for The New York Times, was.
One of the reasons the Gone With The Wind movie enjoyed such overwhelming success is due to the fact that all of the main characters were perfect for their roles.. Producer David O. Selznick considered hundreds of women for the part of Scarlett O'Hara before settling on a relatively unknown British actress named Vivien Leigh.
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