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Gone With The Wind 15

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DIRECTOR Victor Fleming
CAST Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Hattie McDaniel

Newly restored and still brimming with colour and passion, Gone With The Wind remains the pinnacle of polished Hollywood storytelling and craftsmanship. The seismic changes affecting the South at the time of the American Civil War provide the backdrop to the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the petulant belle wreaking havoc on others in her pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, and her dealings with the enigmatic Rhett Butler. Melodramatic and magnificent.  (1939 USA 233 minutes plus 20 min interval when refreshments will be available)

BBFC advice: Contains mild violence and dated discriminatory terms
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David O Selznick’s production of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller is a remarkably coherent account of the novel, and successfully balances the larger backdrop – the seismic changes affecting the South at the time of the American Civil War – with the more intimate story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), a petulant belle wreaking havoc on the lives of others in her pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and her dealings with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). A sumptuous historical romance, with superlative art direction, music and lush Technicolor camerawork; released to coincide with the centenary of Vivien Leigh’s brith, this spectacular restoration from the original negative offers the ultimate big screen experience.

Half gripping anti-war tale, half wrenching romantic-tragedy, Wind clocked in just shy of four hours and punched its weight every second of the way. That was 70 years ago. And you know what? Not a lot’s changed… Packing breathtaking camera shots (that seemingly endless pull-back over a sea of dead and dying soldiers), brilliant set-pieces (the burning of Atlanta is a whopper) and an incredibly tasty story (love, war, violence, rape, moral rot, adultery), it’s hands-down immortal cinema. 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. In fact, the story pivots around our fascinating heroine Scarlett O’Hara, looking for love during the Civil War chaos years and beyond. Jonathan Crocker, Total Film

UK RELEASE 18 April 1940, re-released 22 November 2013
RUNNING TIME 233 minutes plus an interval when refreshments will be available

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