Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) | Release Date: January 17, 1940
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back_in_1939Jun 20, 2017
The Best Chemistry between Actors of all time. extremely and actually amazingly well-constructed and conceived, without ever losing track of the core story – indeed, there’s almost no hope that any modern film , it’s almost pitiful – couldThe Best Chemistry between Actors of all time. extremely and actually amazingly well-constructed and conceived, without ever losing track of the core story – indeed, there’s almost no hope that any modern film , it’s almost pitiful – could ever hope to match the grandeur and brilliance of it, let alone reach it without seeming pretentiously overblown and just bad. Still, that’s the magic of it – this film is the quintessential American classic, and that’s the way it should and will stay forever. Expand
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zlatanmazuidiApr 1, 2018
one of the most racist movies i have ever witnessed in my entire life
The New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick has called for Gone with the Wind, the 1939 multi-Oscar-winning epic, to no longer be screened in cinemas.
“If the Confederate
one of the most racist movies i have ever witnessed in my entire life
The New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick has called for Gone with the Wind, the 1939 multi-Oscar-winning epic, to no longer be screened in cinemas.

“If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism,” writes Lumenick, “what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture?”

The film, which is still the most lucrative of all time when figures are adjusted for inflation, screens on 4 July in New York’s Museum of Modern Art as part of its centenary of Technicolor celebrations. “Maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs,” writes Lumenick.

Adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer prize-winning 1936 novel, Victor Fleming’s film stars Vivien Leigh as the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner who falls for her cousin’s husband before marrying Clark Gable’s gambler-turned-soldier. Set during the American civil war and told from the perspective of white Southerners, the film has long been felt to be one of America’s finest. It took 10 gongs at the 1940 Oscars, including one for Hattie McDaniel, who was the first black person to win an Academy award.


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The book, as well as the film, says Lumenick, “buys heavily into the idea that the civil war was a noble lost cause and casts Yankees and Yankee sympathisers as the villains”. It also, he writes, goes to “great lengths to enshrine the myth that the civil war wasn’t fought over slavery — an institution the film unabashedly romanticises”.

Lumenick speculates that many in the Academy likely feel the same way, noting that The Wizard of Oz – which was defeated as best picture by Gone with the Wind in 1940 – received a special 75th anniversary tribute. But during the same ceremony (in which 12 Years a Slave was ultimately named best picture) Gone with the Wind was all but ignored.

The critic concludes: “What does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the intermission?”
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FuturedirectorJul 9, 2017
With a well-chosen cast, a masterful direction and a dazzling storytelling that entertains constantly the audience, Gone With the Wind is still having to right to be one of the best films ever made.
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kman5473Feb 9, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best produced feature films ever made, the historical epic Gone With the Wind is sure to stand the test of time evermore for its technical achievements, historical significance, and most importantly its ability to give an unfiltered and unaltered look into the xenophobic and racist subconscious of American culture. No matter where you stand politically and ethically, there is no denying the continued cultural and artistic merit this film maintains. The writing, the directing, the cinematography, special effects, editing, acting, character development, and score all maintain a sense of timelessness even today--nearly 80 years after this film first premiered. The film itself is very empathetic to the Confederacy and Slave culture as a whole. By all means, the film seeks to glorify and romanticize one of the darkest chapters in American history. Yet, the more socially progressive our society becomes the more important the film remains to be seen. Not as a celebration of our racism, but as a monument to never forget how messed up our culture was and continues to be. If anything, the film becomes almost a camp satire of itself--completely unaware of just how unethical and messed up it really is. This does not diminish its cultural relevance at all, but instead solidifies its importance.
Slightly muted by the over-arching theme of slavery is the theme of a woman living in a society with a significant personality disorder that has gone diagnosed, and thus untreated. To many, including the society in which this story was written into as well as produced into a film, Scarlet's character can be immediately perceived as nothing more than, "the typical woman; the stereotypical woman." She is not supposed to immediately be easy to empathize with; she is, in fact, supposed to represent the audience member that immediately does not care about history--she is the self-centered, privileged white woman in the enslaved south with only frivolous pursuits of social dominance and courtship to occupy her immediate head space and concerns. This works on many levels to really expose her character, and in turn something about the human condition as a whole: Scarlet starts from the absolute top of societal privilege--she is young, beautiful, and so immensely wealthy that she literally has no concerns in the world other than the one she chooses to makeup in her own head. On top of this, you've got Rhett--for all intensive purposes, the primary actual love interest of Scarlet throughout the movie. The two, in fact, do belong together because have how morally corrupted the both of them are. They, if anything, represent the two most morally corrupted people in all Confederate society. Willing to compromise loyalties for the sake of getting ahead. Then, of course, you have Ashley Wilkes and his wife that represent to Rhett and Scarlet the, "idealistic, morally centered" role models. However, nowadays this is the point where the satire comes in for screenings 80+ years later. EVERYONE is a slave owner, EVERYONE is fighting for the continued rate to use and profit from slave labor, so EVERYONE is already damned. If anything, Gone With the Wind is now a great representation of how an entire culture of people can be morally corrupted from the get go, but when you're surrounded by **** the debate comes down to which person's **** smells less bad. When it comes to that final line exchange of dialogue between Rhett and Scarlet at the end--at one time, the audience was supposed to side solely with Rhett who is now completely fed up both with himself, Scarlet, and the relationship as a whole. No one is truly, "innocent" in this mess--but, now with the added awareness of people with personality disorders, if anyone, Scarlet remains the most sympathetic character. Rhett is just a piece of **** unable to get over himself for anyone but the reflection of himself he saw in his daughter. But still--no one can actually be empathized with anymore because everyone owns slaves! It's a hilarious conundrum of already being damned by birthright.
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ItsAllOgre5Jul 3, 2017
The performances, soundtrack and cinematography are great. First half is excellent, with good character development as they try to survive the chaos of war. The second half develops them further, especially the realistic chemistry betweenThe performances, soundtrack and cinematography are great. First half is excellent, with good character development as they try to survive the chaos of war. The second half develops them further, especially the realistic chemistry between Rhett and Scarlett. This half drags on and is much more dialog-focused from what I remember, but it still has some good moments. Overall, while the movie's length might not be for everyone, it is still a very well made film--especially impressive considering its ambition and age. A true epic. Expand
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1996Jul 11, 2017
A wonderful movie, one of the greatest masterpieces of Hollywood. A glory of cinema's history and obligatory for a serious cinephile. I love the cast, soundtrack... perfect. Greetings from Natal, Brazil!
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FilipeNetoFeb 23, 2018
This film is probably one of the most remarkable in the history of cinema. A film that immortalized the actors who gave life to it and which is already part of the memory of several generations. It won eight Oscars (Best Picture, BestThis film is probably one of the most remarkable in the history of cinema. A film that immortalized the actors who gave life to it and which is already part of the memory of several generations. It won eight Oscars (Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography Color, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress - for the first time given to a black actress - and even two special statuettes for RD Musgrave and William Cameron Menzies, for technical achievements) and was nominated for five more. Directed by Victor Fleming and produced by David O. Selznick, this film has a screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell. The cast is headed by Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

The story of this film is well known, so its difficult to spoil it. Scarlett is a rich, spoiled and capricious girl who likes parties and flirtations but loves Ashley Wilkes, engaged to her cousin Melanie, which awakens in her enormous jealousy. The hardness of the American Civil War destroys the world in which they live and forces the two cousins ​​to help each other to survive, achieving that with the help of Rhett Butler, an industrial bachelor with very bad reputation that falls in love with Scarlett. Following are the efforts to rebuild everything that the winds of war destroyed.

Vivien Leigh became, thanks to this, a film legend. Far from being a damsel in distress, her character solves the problems faced thanks to her tenacity and willpower. Its undoubtedly one of the strongest female characters of classical cinema, and makes a perfect match with the bluntness of truculent Captain Butler, played by Gable, one of the biggest heartthrobs that cinema known, famous for the many romances that he lived with most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. In fact, when this film was being shot, the most malicious voices wove several conjectures as to a probable passion between them, but the truth was more funny: the two actors didn't like each other and Leigh even criticized Gable because of his bad breath. And although Gable have hated this movie, the truth is that he has become immortal thanks to it. Olivia de Havilland, another great actress, shone in the role of sweet and kindhearted Melanie, and Leslie Howard did great success as Ashley. Try to analyze the technical aspects of this film is very impressive and shows us the artwork that it is. Hundreds of participants, thousands of horses, costumes designed to recreate the look of the historical clothing. The country scenes are fabulous and some of the war scenes are deeply moving, like the scenes where Scarlett help in the military hospital or the famous Scarlett's oath scene. One of the most famous sequences is the fire of the military barracks, where real fire was used, making the scene more realistic and truly anthological. Bright colors make the movie even more beautiful, from a visual point of view, and the soundtrack, of Max Steiner's authorship, is exceptional. The main theme is easily in the ear, having become one of the most famous songs of the cinema.

For all these reasons, this movie immediately gained a huge popularity and is, today, one of the most profitable and popular films ever. For me, its also the best movie ever, despite the many other great films that followed, through the decades.
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peregrineFeb 13, 2019
An apology for one of the most pernicious myths in American history--the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Includes some scenes and characters almost as morally perverse as D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" but without the virtues of thatAn apology for one of the most pernicious myths in American history--the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Includes some scenes and characters almost as morally perverse as D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" but without the virtues of that film's cinematic innovations. Expand
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CriticalExtraJul 21, 2018
Flawless, deeply moving, beautifully envisaged, spectacular and for its time, a revelation of technique and acting bravura, this now ancient movie shines through the ages like a diamond in a dark mine. Vivienne Leigh, aided and abetted by aFlawless, deeply moving, beautifully envisaged, spectacular and for its time, a revelation of technique and acting bravura, this now ancient movie shines through the ages like a diamond in a dark mine. Vivienne Leigh, aided and abetted by a brilliant Hattie McDaniel, and despite garnering a lot of negative flack from her jealous contemporaneous peers, gives a stunning central performance; even acting Gable clean off the set, as she hijacks the movie with her amazing southern belle accent and her stellar acting ability - which garnered her a well earned Oscar and many other awards.
Easily, this epic film deserves it's top spot at the greatest movies ever made list; it really is that good. And with some superb performances and solid direction and production values, it will remain one of those truly great cinematic masterpieces. Highly recommended.
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Movieman5000Dec 19, 2018
This is without a doubt the worst movie ever made. It boring Bad acting No Talent. The Movie need to Be destroyed & forgotten. 100% worthless
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SathielDec 15, 2018
A life-long story of misplaced love, empty quests, and paths that always end up leading home. With overly dramatic but highly convincing acting, this film wields pristine cinematography and depth that only four hours of reel can capture.
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JPKDec 9, 2019
Perfect
This is a movie that even today, Is absolutely perfect from start to finish.
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whosbadOct 24, 2019
The best picture of all time!!! Vivien Leigh is so gorgeous and talend, legend.
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kmdukeApr 12, 2019
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aprilmlaneMar 3, 2019
Absolutely the greatest film ever made. Even after 80 years, Vivien and Clark are magnetic, the story of a strong heroine is still resonant and the relish with which the performers play their roles is something that still takes your breath away.
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scarlet2019Mar 4, 2019
Awsome!! Like seeing for the 1st time, even though I've seen it many, many times on TV. Love it.
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meta3376Mar 4, 2019
This would win the academy award every year for the last 50 plus years. The people that make movies now should watch this so they would learn how movies should be made.
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UncleWillardMar 12, 2019
5 for the cinematography, but that's it. Even as a white guy, I could care less about a privileged white woman moping about how her future is gone because of the Civil War. There's a certain amount of worship for the good ole days here and I5 for the cinematography, but that's it. Even as a white guy, I could care less about a privileged white woman moping about how her future is gone because of the Civil War. There's a certain amount of worship for the good ole days here and I don't care for it. It's a dark time in American History that is far better told in documentary form, exposing the brutality of the Antebellum South rather than glorifying its culture. People that like this movie probably fight to keep the Confederate Flag in their states and those statues standing. Expand
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MikeWazowski2Aug 29, 2019
A true masterpiece and landmark of film. It’s a movie that everyone needs to see, everybody whether they are a film enthusiast or casual moviegoer. Anyone who gives this lower than a 9 needs to be shot.
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SuperflySisterJul 20, 2019
Although it’s well-filmed, this is Basically a slavery-apologist movie.Hattie McDaniel’s Academy Award was well-earned.
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RyoHaragaJul 23, 2019
物語や演出は文句なしの出来栄えだといえる。ただし到底納得できない配役があり、興醒めした。主人公は、その性格に賛否両論のあるスカーレット・オハラだが、私は彼女を立派な女性だと思う。物語や演出は文句なしの出来栄えだといえる。ただし到底納得できない配役があり、興醒めした。主人公は、その性格に賛否両論のあるスカーレット・オハラだが、私は彼女を立派な女性だと思う。
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AvalancheCriticOct 14, 2019
Superlative movie of TECHNICOLORED magnificence with great acting and all entwining the mesmerising Vivienne Leigh who acted all else off the screen.
Her stonking performance is a truly luminous landmark that elevates this movie to the
Superlative movie of TECHNICOLORED magnificence with great acting and all entwining the mesmerising Vivienne Leigh who acted all else off the screen.
Her stonking performance is a truly luminous landmark that elevates this movie to the immotals.
The most successful movie ever made, it remains an astonishing feat of period extravaganza where direction, production values and general craftsmanship combine to create an unforgettable example of supreme cinematic brilliance!
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ChrisMizerakJan 14, 2020
There’s a reason this epic romantic drama continues to maintain its legacy as one of the all-time greatest cinematic achievements. The effort that was put into that production is on full display. From the rich outdoor photography and scenery,There’s a reason this epic romantic drama continues to maintain its legacy as one of the all-time greatest cinematic achievements. The effort that was put into that production is on full display. From the rich outdoor photography and scenery, to the lush and gorgeous costumes and set designs, to Max Steiner’s outstanding soundtrack, to the immensely talented cast at its helm. “Gone with the Wind” is a master-class production in every sense of the word. I’m not going to lie, though. When I first saw it, I only thought it was a good film as opposed to the great one that everyone was claiming it to be. Compared to what I was watching at the time, I guess I just wasn’t ready for how emotionally heavy the experience would be for me. Then I started to see it again for the second time not too long after my first viewing.

And before you know it, I was more than happy to plan a few more days around watching all four hours of this massive tale in the future from there on. With each repeated viewing, my respect, admiration and love for “Gone with the Wind” grew more and more to the point that I have officially joined the crowd and understood what all the hype was about. So, what was the key to renewing my desire for those repeated viewings? I’d say it boils down to a couple factors. One is the production value and quality. Another is Vivien Leigh herself and her performance as our lead character Scarlett. Yes, it would be easy to point to her physical attractiveness, especially for this particular role. But there’s far more to Leigh than just that. Leigh is a British actress playing a Southern belle who always makes us believe that she’s Scarlett O’Hara. Scarlett is a very proactive female character who gets down and dirty to get what she wants. In this case, she’s subliminally competing with another woman for the affection of the Southern gentleman that she loves. And Scarlett’s willing to do whatever it takes to win his heart, even tending to the other said woman while he’s out fighting in the war. Whatever it does to her reputation is no concern to her, as long as it gets her closer to her questionable goal. Whether or not you agree with what she does, Scarlett is surely a fascinating character to follow every step of the way. I should also talk about her romantic rival, which is Melanie, played by Olivia de Havilland, since she’s another key factor. If a character like hers were written today, Melanie could have easily turned out to be obvious and deceitful. Luckily for us, Melanie adores Scarlett to pieces and at one point is the only person who defends Scarlett’s debatable actions. It’s a bold choice to write her character like that, one that certainly pays off for the better in my mind. On top of that, the script is smart to never reveal if she knows or doesn’t know that Scarlett is after her man to add an additional layer of intrigue to her character. The film’s main selling point is Scarlett’s eventual romance to Rhett Butler, as played wonderfully by Clark Gable, even though the story itself centers on Scarlett coming to terms with her place in the world. No matter how much or how little I give a damn about explaining why “Gone with the Wind” is still an amazing achievement 80 years later, it simply won’t do a film like this justice. So, all I’ll say is that you certainly won’t go hungry for high quality filmmaking again on account of this classic cinematic staple.
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MglovesfunFeb 9, 2020
While it's quite easy to watch for a four hour film, the plot and the acting aren't exception. This film actually isn't that well rated by modern reviewers.
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