Gone with the Wind๐ŸŽž๏ธ

On 15 December 1939, “Gone with the Wind”, the epic film adapted from Margaret Mitchellโ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the American Civil War and the Deep South (see here), premiered in Atlanta (Georgia).

It was one of the most important occasions in the history of the town and the climax of three days of festivities.
Hundreds of thousands of people came to watch the stars arrive. Lined up along the streets decorated with Confederate flags, for seven miles, they wanted to view the procession of limousines carrying actors from the airport. The crowd threw confetti at the passage of Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Clark Gable, Gableโ€™s wife Carole Lombard and producer David O. Selznick.
The Mayor organized receptions, and asked Atlantans to dress up for the occasion: every woman was asked to put on โ€œhoop skirts and pantaletsโ€, and men to wear tight trousers, hats and โ€œsprout a goatee, sideburns and Kentucky colonel whiskersโ€.
The Governor of Georgia, declared the day of the premiere a state holiday.

Unfortunately, some key players were missing from the premiere, such as Hattie McDaniel, who had played Mammy and would be the first African-American actor to win an Oscar.
Jim Crow laws prevented her and the other black cast members from attending the event because the Loews’ Grand Theatre, where the premiere was to take place, did not have segregated seating and they were not allowed to sit with their white colleagues.
When Clark Gable learned that she had been excluded from the premiere, he decided to boycott the event, but it was McDaniel herself who persuaded him to attend.
The issue of race relations in the South was “delicate” at the time.

40 thoughts on “Gone with the Wind๐ŸŽž๏ธ

  1. It was a blockbuster and is currently not shown in the United States because it is politically incorrect. Maybe we will be able to see if sometime again. I read Scarlett the sequal to Gone with the Wind that came out in 1991. It is a poor imitation of Margaret Mitchell’s original story. Has Italy gone through periods of where history has been rewritten or even covered over to soothe the feelings of those that elect to be offended?

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    1. I read the sequel, too, but I did not find it as good as Gone with the Wind.
      In Italy we still try to keep our distance on events of the fascist period and on the terrorism of the “years of lead”, the period of social and political turmoil from the late 1960s until the late 1980s,..but not to the point of not wanting to hear about them.

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      1. I know it is unfashionable to say so in these, ‘correct ‘ times. but I look at what was forged from this sprawling story, at how young Leigh adn De Havilland were, giving these performances. I look at Hattie McDaniel in the context of that time, and what Gable went onto do, there. I look at the test of time it has stood and beyond all that, how if we do not hold a mirror to ourselves in terms of all that was wrong in terms of when that book was set,then we are lost indeed. x

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  2. The book is a masterpiece and it was good that I read it first then watched the movie ๐Ÿ˜‰ , of course, I enjoy the movie too. Hattie McDaniel was great and, sadly, she was excluded but she had a brave heart. Thank you, dear Luisa, for this recommendation โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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  3. Splendido film! Bravissimi gli attori, Vivien Leigh sublime รจ la mia attrice preferita (la ricordiamo anche in “Un tram che si chiama desiderio” nella versione cinematografica con Marlon Brando).
    Libri (erano tre volumi), letti nell’estate dei miei 15 anni; le immagini mi scorrevano nella mente… forse รจ stata la trasposizione che meno ha sofferto del passaggio romanzo – film.
    โค

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