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Gone With The Wind

1998 - New Line Cinema Productions, Inc - all rights reserved
  Gone With The Wind Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.72 /10
Clark Gable , Vivien Leigh , Olivia de Havilland
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Directed by: Victor Fleming
Written by: Sidney Howard and others from Margaret Mitchell's novel

Released: 1939
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 240

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"A major event in the history of the industry but only a minor achievement in motion picture art... One admires an excellent cast and a hundred technical details, but one's heart seldom beats faster. While one waits to be carried away, critical thoughts have time to develop."
(Franz Hoellering, Nation)
"Faults could be found if one were looking at this film merely as a motion picture of Georgia in the war and reconstruction days; that it leaves too many important things untouched, that it has no historical perspective, that it provides no ethical or social comment on its characters or events, finally that it is still a novel more than it is a motion picture. But none of those things were intended, or really to be expected. It is enough that Margaret Mitchell's novel should have been put on the screen so satisfyingly for its millions of readers."
(James Shelley Hamilton , National Board of Review)
"Has little dramatic pattern but which is yet unerring in its cumulative emotional effect... There will be some who will doubt the timeliness of showing in films hundreds of wounded soldiers in simulated agony, especially the scene of the amputation of a leg without an anaesthetic."
(Seton Margrave, Daily Mail)
"Not a great film in the true sense of the word, but undeniably a great piece of filmmaking and a monument to the skill of the technicians and actors associated with its production."
(R.A.E. Pickard, Dictionary of 1000 Best Films, 1971)
"It's inevitably racist, alarmingly sexist (Scarlett's submissive smile after marital rape), nostalgically reactionary (wistful for a vanished, supposedly more elegant and honourable past), and often supremely entertaining."
(Geoff Andrew, Time Out)

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