My mother and I went to see Gone With the Wind about 5 times at the movie theater. I even read the book over and over--though I must confess, after the first time, I always skipped the part about the fighting. (Civil War). It was far too gruesome, and even more so in the book than on the screen.
Going to the movie took up a lot of time--it was so long, there was a half hour intermission.
The only copy of it that we have is a video-taped copy, quite faded, but recently, I watched it again.
This is what I noticed this time around.
This movie is probably one of the best depiction of a book with little deviation.
While looking for photos I learned that most of the movie was made on the lot of the movie studio--none of it was made in the South. Honestly, it didn't matter. The story was so compelling that the setting didn't matter. However they did a lot of silhouettes in front of of wonderful sunsets and of course Atlanta burning.
My father worked for Paramount Studio and he once took me on a tour of the studio and I saw sets with painted backgrounds and what looked like real trees and bushes where movies were made. And of course there was the back lot where battles and all sorts of outdoor scenes were made. Much different from today when so many movies are shot on location.
You can find out all sorts of interesting details about the making of Gone With the Wind online.
One thing I was reminded of is Clark Gable was probably the most handsome male star ever. No one today even compares to him.
One thing though, unlike many movies of that era, it doesn't have a happy ending-and neither did the book. You have to give Hollywood credit for not creating an alternate Happy Ever After end.
Watching the movie brought back some wonderful memories of enjoying both the book and the movie with my mother. It was a long, long time ago, but I remember it well..