Gone With The Wind


A grand, great and glorious hymn to two self-mythologising worlds - - the Old South in which it's set and Hollywood at its pre-war, pop-culture-defining pinnacle - - Gone With The Wind, even now, supports every claim made for it by movie hagiographers. Driven by producer David O Selznick's vision, a ravishing, rich colour palette, Vivien Leigh's diamond-bright intensity and Clark Gable at his Clark Gable-est, the film's tumultuous momentum rides magnificently over its every weakness - - from Leslie Howard's RP-voiced autopilot performance to stubborn unease with the slave-owning world, it can't help eulogising. Sixty-six years on, this "movie of movies" still defines the magic of Hollywood.

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