Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming.

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Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie) and Hattie McDaniel, who played Scarlett’s maid Mammy and became the first African-American to win an Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress.

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It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. Adjusted for inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history..

It is interesting to us because the story starts when the South are only just talking about war, through the horrors of war and the terrible news of the defeat at Gettysburgh to the seige and fall of Atlanta by General Sherman.

It also gives us an insight into what Georgia was like before the war.

It was made in 1939, just at the beginning of the Second World War, and has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery, but nevertheless it has been credited for triggering changes to the way African Americans are depicted on film.

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 Here’s a trailer for the film …

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