Gone with the Wind (1939)
|Director(s)||Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited)|
|Producer(s)||David O. Selznick|
|Top Genres||Drama, Epic, Film Adaptation, Romance, War|
|Top Topics||Book-Based, Civil War, Romance (Drama), Old South|
Gone with the Wind Overview:
Gone with the Wind (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Cukor and Sam Wood and produced by David O. Selznick.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Margaret Mitchell published in 1936.
One of the great cinematic achievements, technically as well as in enduring appeal, this is a movie that keeps finding an audience with every successive generation (it was restored - somewhat controversially - and re-released theatrically in 1998). The story and characters are familiar to even the most casual moviegoer: an indomitable southern belle (Leigh) loves and loses and loves again a slyly dashing war profiteer as she struggles to protect her family and beloved plantation, Tara, from the ravages of the Civil War. Based on Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel, which at the time of the film's release, had surpassed 1.5 million copies sold. Selznick paid $50,000 for rights to the book and brought in a number of screenwriters in addition to Sidney Howard to help him shape the material. Among them were Edwin Justin Mayer, John Van Druten, Ben Hecht, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jo Swerling. For the part of Scarlett O'Hara, Selznick conducted a national talent search that has in itself become Hollywood legend and the basis of a movie.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Gone with the Wind was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.
Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Clark Gable||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Vivien Leigh||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Olivia de Havilland||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Hattie McDaniel||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Lyle Wheeler||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Ernest Haller, Ray Rennahan||Won|
|Best Director||Victor Fleming||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Hal C. Kern, James E. Newcom||Won|
|Best Picture||Selznick International Pictures||Won|
|Best Writing||Sidney Howard||Won|
|Special Award||To William Cameron Menzies for outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind.||Won|
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Rhett Butler: Forgive me for startling you with the impetuosity of my sentiments, my dear Scarlett. I mean, my dear Mrs. Kennedy. But it cannot have escaped your notice that for some time past the friendship I have felt for you has ripened into a deeper feeling. A feeling more beautiful, more pure, more sacred. Dare I name it? Can it be love?
Scarlett: Get up off your knees! I don't like your common jokes!
Rhett Butler: This is an honorable proposal of marriage made at what I consider a most opportune moment. I can't go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands.
Gerald O'Hara: Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts.
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Fred Crane's first filmed acting role. He spoke the first line in the movie.
The movie's line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." was voted as the #1 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
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