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Gone with the Wind [DVD] [1939]

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Despite it not being the most glamorous of roles, Melanie is in large part the mortar that holds the story together and is certainly the heart of it, and Olivia de Havilland does a marvelous job conveying that warmth and tenderness. Behlmar is even able to point out which sequences were reshot as the film changed hands from director to director and as dailies failed to match Selznick's vision, and deleted scenes are another favorite topic. Considering the daunting runtime of Gone with the Wind, Warner has wisely decided to devote as much of the BD-50's bit budget to the movie as possible, so the first disc in this set only features one extra.

Scarlett has certainly hardened and has been forced to draw from a reserve of strength she never knew she had, but it's debatable just how much she's actually matured. The romance between Rhett and Scarlett doesn't overwhelm the bulk of the film, and part of the intrigue is that it doesn't settle into convention.Selznick’s epic Academy Award-winning masterpiece swept away audiences and defined what a Hollywood blockbuster should be: fearless filmmaking with a grand scope, intimate drama and enduring romance… all in stunning Technicolor. Its sights are also aimed at Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Erich von Stroheim, Lon Chaney, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Buster Keaton, and Elizabeth Taylor, among quite a number of others. The American public took it for granted that Clark Gable would star as Rhett Butler, and they were wholly correct: he does a marvelous job in the part. Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond is a 1990 documentary on disc four hosted by actress Jessica Lange featuring memories and tributes from fellow actors Claire Bloom, Kim Hunter, John Gielgud and Sir Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This documentary sometimes toys with the usual conventions, here dressing up one of the original extras in full costume and makeup while describing one of Gone with the Wind's most iconic shots: Scarlett walking through a field of a thousand wounded soldiers, a mix, as it turns out, of extras and dummies.Products labelled '*item fulfilled by Exertis on behalf of hmv' will be supplied to you directly by Exertis via their approved couriers. Turning off the personalized advertising setting won’t stop you from seeing Etsy ads, but it may make the ads you see less relevant or more repetitive. When they talk about defending the honor of the South, I can't shake the impression that they haven't invested any real thought into the war that stands before them.

Scarlett clearly finds some comfort in the convenience of a reasonably loyal multimillionaire, but it's never overwhelmingly clear how much more than that, if anything at all, Rhett actually means to her.Of course, we all know how this story ends, and the documentary comes to a close with the film's gala premiere in Atlanta, its incomparable success at the box office, and the armful of statuettes it would go on to take home at the Academy Awards the following year. She may even be the strongest and most reliable of the many dozens of characters in the entire film.

Each of their strengths -- Mayer's brilliance at assembling such a sprawling roster of talent and Thalberg's golden touch as a producer -- are explored at length, and "The Lion's Roar" delves further into both the scandals and successes of this early era of MGM. Her brashness and sass are endearing, of course, but Mammy is more of a maternal figure to Scarlett than her own mother. Most every topic that Behlmar addresses is discussed in an impressive level of detail, including notes about the writing and recording of Max Steiner's score, the financial black hole of production, the specifics of various contracts, potentially devastating requests insisted upon by the Production Code, and the indelible impression that Gone with the Wind has left on popular culture. There is also a gallery of the GWTW trailers released over the decades and the prologue from the international release which was also used to introduce GWTW when it was secretly previewed to unexpected but excited audiences. Selznick and George Cukor, and how she had to turn to Jack Warner's wife to wrangle her way onto the cast.

One mustn't forget that because it isn't a story about the Civil War; it is a story about love and loss set in a time of Civil War and one that is largely stripped of any reality. While there have been trickles of classic catalog titles from other studios, either the remastering isn't quite up to par or the selection of films just doesn't manage to impress in quite the same way.

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