Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh create their own sizzle as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in a lavish four-hour epic that juxtaposes scenes of jaw-dropping majesty – that aerial shot of the Confederates’ wounded, for example – with moments of elegant intimacy and playful verbal jousting.
A classic and you need to shut up about it being bad because i think slavery was one of the worst things ever, but history is to teach us to make a better future, so we dont repeat the same mistakes. The movie is highest grossing inflation adjusted movie ever at around 3.5 billion dollars. Great story!
Overblown and melodramatic, it somehow achieves more than the schmaltz of its parts, thanks to a spirited modern heroine, the spoilt Scarlett O'Hara, and its refusal to give us the neat conclusions you'd expect from a 19th-century saga of "cottonfields and cavaliers."
5 for the cinematography, but that's it. Even as a white guy, I could care less about a privileged white woman moping about how her future is gone because of the Civil War. There's a certain amount of worship for the good ole days here and I don't care for it. It's a dark time in American History that is far better told in documentary form, exposing the brutality of the Antebellum South rather than glorifying its culture. People that like this movie probably fight to keep the Confederate Flag in their states and those statues standing.
Technically proficient and has a wonderful main score. It's issues are well noted (mainly blatant and one note racism) and its characters insufferable, particularly the lead, who is a real drag for 4 hours.
An apology for one of the most pernicious myths in American history--the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Includes some scenes and characters almost as morally perverse as D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" but without the virtues of that film's cinematic innovations.
TaglineFor the thousands who remember its unparalleled drama, action and romance! For the new thousands to whom the wonders will be revealed for the first time! Breathtaking spectacle, inspired acting by the greatest cast ever assembled! The screen's most exciting love story! The most-talked about picture ever made! [reissue]