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A Cherished Old Classic American movie Gone with the Wind

Updated on September 28, 2015

Clark Gable

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Unforgettable faces

Among classic movies we love to treasure ‘Gone with the wind’ due to its complex story and its perfect timed acting by all the legends who portrayed those definitive characters that we still use as reference.

What really stood out in this timeless wonder is the story. And how more real could a classic movie ever get?

Scarlet O’Hara played by the vivacious Vivien Leigh, is head over heels in love with Ashley Wilkes played by Leslie Howard. But hold on that’s not how perfect the world is particularly those days when even the depression was losing its last grip.

So their eternal love is lost forever and Scarlet marries Rhett Butler played by Clarke Gable who adds a completely new dimension.

And the world they live in is a fusion of picturesque natural beauty of the South and absolute uncertainty due to the Civil war, its bombings and massive losses. Scarlet essentially loses all her wealth and travels to a new place in search of a life.

So much chaos and tears follows with effective chemistry at sudden moments that you would wonder where are all those dramatic but 'adorably cool' days gone? Gone with the wind of the thirtees, perhaps.

However critics argue it could have had a much better writing to match the perfect acting and directing.

Ultimately they fall in love completely like how we wanted it to be! However nothing is what it seems to be hoping you would watch the film to guess what I mean!

Some off screen tales

It has been said that another actor was supposed to play Rhet but unfortunately he was too scared to risk playing the character since he felt the story was too faulty.

However ultimately Clarke Gable had to become a screen legend and after this movie he played several other big roles that re-defined his strong star status.

The role enabled him to get an Oscar nomination too.

1500 women were auditioned to find the perfect Scarlet.

When life goes uncertain


Directed by Victor Fleming

Produced by David O. Selznick

Screenplay by Sidney Howard

Based on Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell

Clark Gable
Vivien Leigh
Leslie Howard
Olivia de Havilland

Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Ernest Haller

Edited by Hal C. Kern
James E. Newcom

Production company - Selznick International Pictures

Distributed by Loew's, Inc.

Release dates - December 15, 1939 (Atlanta premiere)

Running time - 221 minutes

Country- United States

Language- English
Budget - $3.85 million
Box office - $390 million



Well the film grabbed a whopping 10 Academy awards and is the most successful film to date.

Though it had controversies it is still regarded with the same respect that it had 70 years back.

It shocks and resonates the voices from the past. How similar the world and its stories are all over the Globe? Life sometimes gives you everything back, but does it or will it?

These are the questions this epic raises here.

One more word

What I like specially about this legendary movie is that all the people we wanted to see on screen happen to be in it - a huge coincidence.

Such magic cannot and shall not happen again on Earth perhaps in another planet another Scarlet and Rhet shall fight another tough war and fall in love again.

Hoping they would make a gone with the wind sequel to quench our classic movie thirst.

Until that just grab your gone with the wind DVD and watch it on a cozy day.


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    • nikhilsukumar profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sukumaran 

      3 years ago from Bangalore

      True Robert Sacchi, only Clarke Gable could carry off such mixed emotions those days. I never researched about the Great Depression, thank you for pointing it out, I shall add more such valuable information here. Yes the two main roles were imperfectly happy and audience welcome such changes from the ordinary. Thank you Robert for taking time and adding so much information to this post. Hoping you could give me more information here.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 years ago

      Actually people who read the book generally thought Clarke Gable should play the part. Vivien Leigh's monologue at the end of the first half about "never going hungry again" spoke to a generation that just lived through the Great Depression. I can see where an audience of people who are going through, or just getting out of, hard times could feel the same as that 1939 audience. Perhaps another part is the 2 main protagonists weren't the standard "good people". Audiences often have an attraction to a character who is someone they wouldn't want anything to do with in real life.


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