Why everyone should see Gone with the Wind at least once

Posted on October 27, 2017

By Tierney Ulrich 

Since it’s debut in 1939, Gone With the Wind has amazed countless movie-goers. Set during the American Civil War, it follows the story of Scarlet O’Hara, the headstrong daughter of a plantation owner. It’s a story of rich and poor, of victory and loss, and of love and hatred.

Gone With the Wind is considered to be one of the best movies in American film history; and rightfully so. It is the number one highest grossing film, adjusted for inflation. With almost four hours worth of footage – divided into two parts – it is impeccably detailed. Critics have praised it for its accurate portrayal of the book of the same title by Margaret Mitchell, a feat for book to movie remakes.

For the “fashionistas” of today, Gone With the Wind is a heaven-sent. The costumes are incredible in both beauty and volume. Pay special attention to O’Hara’s clothes to view the gradual shift from Civil War to Reconstruction era designs.

Considering the time it was made, Gone With the Wind features astounding video quality with some of the most beautifully shot scenes in history. An example of this is the Atlanta soldiers scene, which depicts the scope of how many individuals were hurt by the war. Beginning with only a few soldiers on screen, the camera slowly pans out to reveal thousands of wounded or deceased  soldiers. It is shocking to think of the time and dedication that was put into producing this single scene.

 

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