Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly.
Boasts epic visuals (the civil war, Atlanta on fire etc) as sweeping as Max Steiner's score.
The performances of eternally glittering movie stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ... exist in a league of their own, demanding rapt attention in scene after scene.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ginormous in both scale and emotional wallop, MGM's epic is still a cinematic event to be savoured.
Gone With the Wind endures and deepens with the passing of time because Scarlett and Rhett are as modern as its open ending.
Brimming with colour and passion, it pulls its emotional kick from tremendous performances, not least from Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the love-hate lovers.
The cast, in the main scenes as in the episodes, is excellent.
[VIDEO ESSAY] ...a closer reading finds a cutting commentary on the South's hypocritical, opportunistic, and racist attitudes that continue to infect American culture.
| Original Score: A
The golden standard for classic Hollywood bombast, this one.
| Original Score: 68/100
If ever the phrase, "They don't make 'em like they used to" could fit a film, this is it.
The epic film that to this day stands as the benchmark against which all other epics are judged.
| Original Score: 8/10
Gone with the Wind is still dated, but it's a dynamite kind of antiquity.
Coordinating six filming units at once and presiding over 50-hour editing sessions, [Selznick] subsisted on a regular diet of thyroid extract, Benzedrine, and B-12 shots.
It's impossible not to be carried away by the rich arterial force of this storytelling.
One of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking boxoffice business everywhere.
Grand old Hollywood at its most magnificent and melodramatic. Say what you like about the soapy characterisation and plotting, the spectacle flattens all in its wake.
A lost Hollywood art: the epic melodrama.
| Original Score: 4/4
A critic-proof movie if there ever was one: it isn't all that good, but somehow it's great.
Terrificly acted, staged and designed, Gone WIth the Wind remains one of the greatest period epics ever filmed.