You often hear the phrase “timeless classic” attached to so many different movies and creative art that it has become clichéd and somewhat ignored. But, in the case of “Gone with the Wind”, that phrase is more than fitting.
It told a story, and it told it so well. The feelings of love, betrayal, loss, determination are issues and feelings that people living during any time in history can relate to.
“Gone with the Wind” is set in Georgia right before the start of the United States Civil War and goes into the period during Reconstruction in the South. Our main character is Scartlett O’Hara. She is the daughter of an Irish immigrant family that owns a plantation in Georgia before the start of the civil war.
We follow her life and her way of getting ahead, and trying to achieve what she thinks she wants. Scarlett is a very desirable woman. And she soon catches the eyes of Rhett Butler. Rhett is another southern, but comes from that is known to have a questionable reputation that includes womanizing.
Although “Gone with the Wind” is historical fiction, there are some cases where critics have questioned its historical accuracy. The movie romanticizes many aspects of the period.
Originally a book, the story was adapted into a screenplay and released into theaters in 1939. The book was written by Margaret Mitchell and was published in 1936. In 1937 Mitchell received a Pulitzer Prize.
The awards continued on into the movie. Hattie McDonald became the first African-American actress to win an Oscar, which she receive in the best supporting actress category for her role as Mammy. Vivien Leigh also won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara. Although Clark Gable was nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Rhett Butler, he did not win.
DVDs of the movie are available, including special collector additions that include some behind the scenes and background information about the movie.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Boxed DVD Set:$6.99
Gone with the Wind (Two Disc 70th Anniversary Edition)
Boxed DVD Set:$7.81
Gone With the Wind (70th Anniversary Edition)
Boxed DVD Set:$9.47
Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
Boxed DVD Set:$5.99
Gone with The Wind (DVD / Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Special Edition / FS) Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes
Boxed DVD Set:$13.88
Gone With The Wind - 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Boxed DVD Set:$13.14
Gone With The Wind
Boxed DVD Set:$15.00
Vivien Leigh Collection (Gone With The Wind, Anna Karenina, Waterloo Bridge, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Hamilton Woman, Caesar And Cleopatra) (Korean)
Boxed DVD Set:$12.53
Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary (Blu-ray)
Boxed DVD Set:$60.00
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
Boxed DVD Set:$8.00