Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited) Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane, Harry Davenport, Jane Darwell
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Vivien Leigh); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hattie McDaniel); Best Director (Victor Fleming); Best Screenplay (Sidney Howard); Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction; Best Film Editing; Honourary Award (William Cameron Menzies); Technical Achievement Award (R.D. Musgrave)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clark Gable); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Olivia de Havilland); Best Sound, Recording; Best Special Effects; Best Original Score (Max Steiner)
I First Saw In: c. 2010
Synopsis: A Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.
Did You Know? Hattie McDaniel has the distinction of being the first black Oscar nominee and winner.
Quotables: SCARLETT: As God as my witness. As God as my witness, they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this, and when it’s all over, I’ll never gbe hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill, as God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!
And now a Word from the Guise:
Every technical aspect of this film is breathtaking: the costumes, the production design, the score, and especially the cinematography. It truly stands the test of time.
The story itself, while epic and grand, is not one of my favourites, simply because it’s about an abusive relationship (Rhett apathetically threatens to crush Scarlett’s skull). And in the background of their relationship are slaves who epitomise every stereotype about the “happy servant”. And let’s not start with the “different times” rhetoric. I still love the film, despite these flaws. It’s a beautiful masterpiece.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233