Gone With The Wind (1939): Classic tale of Scarlett O’Hara’s battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War. Dir: Victor Fleming (&co.) Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia DeHavilland. 223 min. 9:15pm CDT. TCM.
We’ve been here before but nothing wrong with going ’round again. This is part of TCM’s “Great Adaptations”, a monthlong salute to books-into-films. The novel — once a bestseller, since faded in the shadow of the blockbuster — has its moments. The best? the long conversations Margaret Mitchell penned between hero and heroine, which are compelling and strangely contemporary. Theirs is as much a meeting of minds as Bronte’s Jane & Rochester.
But I love the movie more. Too many favorite bits to mention, but I think Number One has to be when Scarlett takes indignant leave of Rhett to go on her ill-fated journey through the rough part of town. She dismisses his (quite prescient) concerns with an airy, “I can shoot straight…if I don’t have to shoot too far.” And an irritated Rhett can only admire her as she drives off: “What a woman!”
Our thoughts, exactly.