Gone with the Wind was nominated for an astonishing 15 Academy Awards at the 12th ceremony in 1939; it won an astonishing 10 of those awards which is a pretty big achievement. Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh star in what is often considered on of the best films ever made and has been praised non-stop since it’s release.
Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. This leads to many ups & downs throughout Rhett and Scarlett’s life, and despite the fact it was obvious, Scarlett realises that Rhett is her true love, but is it too late?
Despite all the success and critical acclaim it has received for years, I do not like Gone With The Wind and never have done. I can appreciate a very good plot and story when I see one, however at nearly 4 hours long I can safely say I won’t be throwing those hours away so easily next time. It could have easily been made into a film that was two hours maximum, but director Victor Fleming did it his way which ended up being a painful viewing with many unnecessary scenes. Gone With The Wind isn’t a terrible film, I like the story and I think Vivien Liegh was very good, I just think that it has been overrated and shouldn’t be anywhere near any top 100 list.