Gone With the Wind
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Gone with the Wind (BD) (Oscar O-Sleeve)
Period romance. War epic. Family saga. Popular fiction adapted with crowd-pleasing brilliance. Star acting aglow with charisma and passion. Moviemaking craft at its height. These are sublimely joined in the words Gone with the Wind. This dynamic and durable screen entertainment of the Civil War-era South comes home with the renewed splendor of a New 70th-Anniversary Digital Transfer capturing a higher-resolution image from Restored Picture Elements than ever before possible. David O. Selznick’s monumental production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book can now enthrall new generations of home viewers with a majestic vibrance that befits one of Hollywood’s greatest achievements.]]>
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It’s long (nearly 4 hours), but the good thing about getting this on Blu-Ray or DVD is that you can split it into two nights to watch… like a mini-series. It’s actually more enjoyable that way.
It’s really more about relationships (with people and the land) than dealing with the tragedy of the war. It’s sort of a “chick flick” that “dudes” can enjoy too! Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were absolutely spectacular and fascinating to watch playing their roles!
A lot of people will watch this film and feel outraged at the portrayal of people in bondage happily getting along with their masters. But there lies just beneath the surface tell-tale signs that the pictured world was not as it appeared. As the war goes on, the soldiers get younger - just boys by the end, the people get thinner, and the only ones coming home are terribly wounded. The south was starving and starving people are prey to infectious diseases and they die of them much more readily. Also true is the fact that they ran out of the most basic medical supplies. These women who had once lifted nothing more hazardous than a needle were forced to learn to plow, sew, and reap the fields because there were no men left. They watched their loved ones, including their children, die of diseases and in the rural areas even had to dig their graves themselves. What the Civil War was, was a clash between cultures. The emerging industrial age with its wage slaves and slums and the agrarian age with it's slaves and rigid class system.
A trivial note that some may not be aware of is the tune the carpetbaggers were singing which is named Sherman's March to the Sea. That is actual hymn that used to be in the hymn books in the north usually side by side with the Battle Hymn of the Republic.