Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Gone with the Wind Review

Title: Gone with the Wind
Time: 233 minutes

Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia De Hallivard, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel
Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood
Description: An adaptation of Margret Mitchell's 1936 Pulitzer prize-winning novel.

Change or die. Hard as nails, but that was the choice. Slowly the old south begins to disappear along with tradition, honour and scruples. People will do anything for food and money and our Southern Belle Scarlett O Hara is one of them. She grew up on Tara, a plantation with fieldworkers and servants. Midst balls, beaus and ostentatious bonnets, she sought the attentions of every eligible boy, a sport at which she knew she was best.

The South changes during one of the balls at Ashley Wilkes' house. Scarlett, determined to profess her love for Ashley, believing it to be reciprocated, falls into jealousy's trap when he introduces her to his fiance. The sound of hooves, war cries, gasping sobs and the marriage proposals swirl around the party and mark the beginning of the war.

At the same ball we are introduced to Rhett Butler, a swarthy pirate-like sniper who witnesses Scarlett's dramatic love scene and is captivated. Her vain and self-obsessed manner attracts him and the academy award winning historic romance ensues. Rhett waits patiently for Scarlett to transfer her affections from Ashley Wilkes to him. Although as her love for Ashley becomes a goal and obsession, we begin to question the possibility of such an act.

A sweeping film set during the American Civil war creates a sense of nostalgia and romance during a time in which slavery and class were prominent. It employs a cast so well suited, it's as though their characters were written for them. It is the pioneer of colour movies and as well as collecting ten Academy Awards including Best Picture it remains the number one box office champion.