Gone with the Wind

Title: Gone with the Wind
Year: 1939
Director: Victor Fleming
Writer: Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel, Olivia de Havilland
Music: Max Steiner
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (McDaniel), Best Cinematography (color), Best Art Direction and Best Editing; honorary Oscar (for use of color); Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Gable), Best Supporting Actress (Havilland), Best Score, Best Special Effects and Best Sound Recording; currently #167 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a young, wealthy Southerner during and after the Civil War
Length: 238 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), February 2009
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for concept and dialog) c. 3.0/4 (Good).

It’s the sort of movie I’m almost guaranteed to hate, but I didn’t. For about 90 minutes in the middle there, I was actually getting into it. I have to admit, unlike every single other “epic” drama, there is actually four hours of material here. The visuals are great; they knew how to colorize a sound stage back then.


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