Written by / 6/10/2020 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , ,

NOT A REVIEW BUT MORE A REMINDER OF 'GONE WITH THE WIND'

Gone with the Wind from 1939
The same industry that's still moaning about the 70-year-old Blacklist is now banning/blacklisting a classic motion picture where the first African American actress/actor ever won an Oscar...

Heck, even George Clooney, in his own infamous Oscar Speech, took partial credit for Hattie McDaniel's victory... years before he was born... and now he's probably right on board throwing GONE WITH THE WIND into the cautious, politically-correct wind...

And yet, if it must be done, the only reason to ban such a magnificent-looking movie is that it's a tad overrated. Especially since the secondary male lead in Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes is so outrageously miscast, fitting his proper wife Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton but for the wonderfully cute and spunky, timeless beauty Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara to pathetically hold a torch for this dullard who resembles an anorexic goat is just... too much to fathom...
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
George Reeves and Vivian Leigh in GONE WITH THE WIND Rating: ****
Thank God for Rhett Butler, and thank Him again for Clark Gable, who brought such snarky bravado to the glorious rogue that you'll want the imperfect union to unite; Han Solo and Princess Leia weren't all that original. Scenes with Gable lecturing Leigh and Leigh bickering back are what GONE WITH THE WIND is really all about... That's if you don't count the viciously wicked fun of watching Leigh's Scarlett leap from one doomed husband to the next...

All surrounded by the Civil War's beginning in the Southern Plantation called Tara where men (including George Reeves) swoon at Scarlett's feet... the middle with the burning of Atlanta and most of what makes this an epic's epic worth watching... and the end, and after the end... Where the story hits a snag. And a pretty long snag at that...
Leslie Howard and Vivian Leigh in GONE WITH THE WIND
But at the same time is where Scarlett's desperation bares teeth: one scene involving her defense of the dying plantation seems more befitting a dark 1960's Spaghetti Western than a 1930's Historical Melodrama; then when the couple becomes a couple, it's all perfectly, deliberately downhill like any terrific Victorian-style soap opera that doesn't give a damn how pathetic it has to get...
 
But the beautiful slave who in one sequence saves Scarlett's life, Everett Brown, one of several unsung heroes like Hattie McDaniel's Mammy, who's tougher than a parent and wiser than a best friend... and at the same time, perhaps they're pointless reasons for the pointlessness of banning a classic about Southern men and women gallantly depicted holding onto what we know, and they learn, won't and simply could not last... And it didn't at that!
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with Hattie McDaniel
Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Hattie McDaniel as Mammy in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with George Reeves
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with Clark Gable
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with Clark Gable
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with Leslie Howard
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND with Everett Brown
Gone with the Wind directed by Victor Fleming bodies sequence
Olivia de Havilland in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Hattie McDaniel and Clark Gable in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Civil War raging in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh and Everett Brown in GONE WITH THE WIND
Vivian Leigh and Everett Brown in GONE WITH THE WIND
Paul Muni and Everett Brown in I AM A FUGITIVE ON A CHAIN GANG
Scorched earth and rainbow shot of a deserted Tara in GONE WITH THE WIND 
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

OLIVER REED DOES ITALIAN CRIME IN 'REVOLVER' W/ FABIO TESTI

Oliver Reed in Revolver Year: 1973 Rating: ***1/2 A promising, clever premise of a government official, played by the genuinely tough Oliver...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

UPCOMING ARTICLE/REVIEW

UPCOMING ARTICLE/REVIEW
Sean Penn in Rick Rosenthal's 1980's cult exploitation prison flick BAD BOYS

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Tagging trees is a lot better than chasing monsters." Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, Breaking Bad

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR/CRIME


"One false move and you're over your head."

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)THE CROWDED SKY 2)THE FEARMAKERS 3)JAWS 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 6)HOT CARS 7)VIOLENT SATURDAY 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HARDCORE 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)THE DEFECTOR 13)SHARKS' TREASURE 14)SWEENEY TWO 15)OTLEY 16)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 17)ASH WEDNESDAY 18)THE SERGEANT 19)ROYAL FLASH 20)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 21)THE ROARING TWENTIES 22)FALLEN ANGEL 23)AL CAPONE 24)THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 25)AIR PATROL 26)KILLER FISH 27)THE SYSTEM 28)WHITE HEAT 29)EASY LIVING 30)ATLANTIC CITY 31)COMPULSION 32)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 33)JUNGLE STREET GIRLS 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 38)THE LINEUP 39)SWAMP WATER 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 41)RUMBLE FISH 42)CANYON RIVER 43)THE HEARSE 44)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 45)CORVETTE SUMMER 46)THE DRIVER 47)FRENZY 48)HOUSE OF STRANGERS 49)THE KILLING 50)FORCE TEN FROM NARAVONE 51)BULLITT 52)ROBBERY 53)THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE 54)KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE 55)HOTEL 56)THE BREAK 57)CRIME WAVE 58)BRANNIGAN 59)THE STONE KILLER 60)BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

SIXTIES BRITISH NEW WAVE

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

STARING DOWN THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

STICKING UP THE SEVENTIES

PUNCHING UP THE THIRTIES

PEELING OUT THE FORTIES

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE