Gone with the Wind

TitleGone with the Wind
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1939
AuthorsFleming, Victor
Running Time238 min, incl. intermission
Date Released1939
DistributorMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

An Oscar-winning adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind focuses on an elite white southern woman's life before, during, and after the American Civil War. Scarlett O'Hara, favorite daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, pursues love, lust, and wealth as the men in her life leave her or fall to war. The film presents an overly romanticized version of the Old South and a flawed interpretation of Reconstruction, best exemplified through the maintenance of white supremacy and racist stereotypes of slaves and freedpeople who remain committed to their masters. Nonetheless, Scarlet's thoroughly modern woman defies gender norms of the era.

Cast

Vivien Leigh

Clark Gable

Leslie Howard

Olivia de Havilland

Hattie McDaniel

Oscar Polk

Butterfly McQueen

Thomas Mitchell

Barbara O'Neil

Rand Brooks

Carroll Nye

Laura Hope Crews 

Credits

Directed by Victor Fleming

Produced by David O. Selznick

Screenplay by Sidney Howard

Music by Max Steiner

Cinematography by Ernest Haller

Edited by Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom

Genre

Drama, Romance

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