Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind (1940)

Genres - Drama, History, Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Film, Melodrama  |   Release Date - Jan 5, 1940  |   Run Time - 238 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - TV-PG
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Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Production was difficult from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part. The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

The film received positive reviews upon its release in December 1939, although some reviewers found it dramatically lacking and bloated. The casting was widely praised and many reviewers found Leigh especially suited to her role as Scarlett. At the 12th Academy Awards, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history.

Gone with the Wind has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery, but nevertheless, it has been credited for triggering changes to the way African-Americans are depicted cinematically. It was re-released periodically throughout the 20th century and became ingrained in popular culture. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time; it has placed in the top ten of the American Film Institute's list of top 100 American films since the list's inception in 1998, and in 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Movie Info

Budget

$3,977,000

Box Office

$402,382,193

Themes

Tags

American Civil War, Aristocrats, Atlanta, Based On Book, Civil War, Confederates, Film Based On A Novel, General Sherman, Georgia, Marriage Proposal, Narcissism, Plantation, Reconstruction, Slavery, U.S. Civil War, Yankees

Attributes

Filming Location: California
Narrative Location: Atlanta, London
Subject: revenge, slavery in the United States

Alternate Titles

...E o Vento Levou
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Allò que el vent s'endugué
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Autant en emporte le vent
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Borte med blæsten
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Cuốn Theo Chiều Gió
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E o Vento Levou
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E Tudo o Vento Levou
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Gone with the Wind
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Gone with the Wind in 3-D
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Jih proti Severu
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Osa pairnei o anemos
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Pe aripile vântului
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Shamollarda qolgan hislarim
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Via col vento
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Zahab-a ma'a alreeh
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Zameo ih vjetar
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Όσα παίρνει ο άνεμος
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Віднесені вітром
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Отнесени от вихъра
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Прохујало са вихором
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Унесённые ветром
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بر باد رفته
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乱世佳人
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亂世佳人
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風と共に去りぬ
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바람과 함께 사라지다
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