Gone With the Wind
- Victor Fleming
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel, this incomparable Civil War saga set standards for melodramatic storytelling that are still followed today. The war is not put in second place to Scarlett’s story, in fact it could be said that the backdrop is the story of main interest, but another story is told throughout to maintain attention, even in four long running hours. Every detail is sumptuous in this David O. Selznick production, with impressive color cinematography by Ernest Haller, gorgeous music by Max Steiner, unbelievable production design by Lyle R. Wheeler and William Cameron Menzies, and suiting costumes by Walter Plunkett.
The performances are top-notch too, with Leigh a perfect Scarlett, Gable an irresistible Rhett, de Havilland a fragile Milly and McDaniel a scene-stealing Mammy. Thomas Mitchell also deserves mention as Scarlett’s father.
One of those classics you just can’t miss—if only to know what everyone’s talking about!
“As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!”
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