Wednesday, September 3, 2014

OLDIE GOLDIES: Gone With The Wind (1939)

Vivien Leigh with her Best Actress Oscar

"Oldie Goldies" returns with a bang this week, as we shine a spotlight on "Gone With The Wind". This epic film is known for its immaculate production values and stellar cast, especially Vivien Leigh as Scarlett. Her performance is perfectly judged, nailing the role's self-involved superficiality while also giving it incredible nuance. It's truly one of the greatest female characters and performances of all time. It's no surprise that the film was hugely successful at the Oscars, winning in 8 categories - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Editing. It was also nominated for Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Supporting Actress (Olivia de Havilland), Best Sound, Best Special Effects and Best Original Score.

Classic Quote
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Classic Scene
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"

Classic Sets

Classic Characters
Scarlett (Vivien Leigh)

Mammy (Hattie McDaniel)

Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland)

Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

Classic Costumes

Classic Music

Did you know?
One million people came to Atlanta for the film's premiere at the Loew's Grand Theatre on December 15, 1939.


  1. I'm one of the few (not so few) who felt that this was lacking somewhat. I mean, it's beautiful and splendidly acted (although I didn't care for Gable) but the second half is a notable step down from the first and kind of defines the film's flaws. Still, it's a very good movie and one that I completely understand the affection for.

    1. Oh, I agree with you about the second half. It does drag it down a bit. The first half is so amazing though! If it ended there, it would be pretty much a perfect film.