“FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN!” —One of the most famous lines in history of film.
Gone With the Wind is the first film in the blog and so we start. I thought it appropriate because I live in Atlanta and the movie takes place, largely, in Atlanta. Found it funny that the film mentions Savannah, where I lived for five years and Mexico, where I’m from.
Watched the film for the first time 73 years later of its theatrical release. (Ooops!)
while I watched it I ate a chicken burrito (if you must know) and the next day, pork chops. (it took me 2 evenings to watch the 3 hour film) yeah!
Wow, definitely not expecting that. I honestly thought it was going to be an old chick flick with big dresses and thousands of extras. Although it was that a little, the depth in which the human emotions and level of production are interlaced really amazes I think whoever watches it. (won’t give too many details in case you haven’t seen it)
The use of dollies and cranes is absolutely remarkable, the shots were long and well accomplished. I believe one of the most famous crane movements happens in a scene when Scarlet (Vivien Leigh) arrives at the railroad station. The camera discovers hundreds of wounded soldiers as it cranes up and away from her, in a very extensive shot almost a min long.
title card reads: “Selznick International in association with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer has the honor to present its Technicolor production of Margaret Mitchell’s story of the Old South ‘Gone With the Wind”
mouthful? not only is a long name but they are honored to present it. Wish filmmakers would do that more often.
First nomination and win for an African American actress; Hattie McDaniel
First color film to win the Best Picture Oscar
When the film premiered in Atlanta the Governor at the time declared a state holiday. Dec 15th 1939. (hmm if I remember correctly I was working that day last year)
Selznick was fined $5000 for using the word “damn” in Gable’s famous line. (above)
The first rough cut of the film was 4.5 hours 48 minutes longer than the final release.
Oh what the contracts do; the lead actress (Vivien Leigh) worked 125 days receiving $25,000 and Clark Gable playing the lead role worked 71 days receiving 120,000 dollars.
Hope you enjoyed reading this!
Next film: Dog Day Afternoon