31 July 2010
Gone with the Wind (1939)
If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.
So basically: Before the American Civil War, Scarlett O'Hara is a young Southern belle looking for love. She is passionately in love with Ashley, who is getting married to his cousin, Melanie. Rich man Rhett Butler is down from Charleston. Through the war, losing her first husband, and witnessing the atrocities of the Yankee soldiers, Scarlett learns to be tough and to stand on her own two feet. Even after the war, she must fight to keep the thing she loves more than anything, her plantation Tara.
See! This is a movie that's totes long but doesn't feel like it. To be fair, I've never seen both parts back to back, but still. There's just something about this movie that pulls the audience into the world of late 19th century Georgia and keeps you there. I'm really glad it's in colour because it's one of those movies that rely on the backgrounds and costumes and some of it would be lost in B&W. My only problem with this film is the ending. I mean, I kno it's supposed to be this grand love story between Scarlett and Rhett, but Scarlett totes does not need a man. Sure, she manipulates them for her own gain, but at the point where she wants to win Rhett back, she is independent. It should have ended with her by herself with her plantation, Tara. Not wanting to make Tara grand to get Rhett back! I mean, the character has been laid out to say she doesn't need a man and love isn't what she's after. If it was strict romance, without any of the awesome Scarlett, then it would be fine for her to want to end up with Rhett; but that's not what I got from the character at all.
Yes, this deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of approval!