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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I hate to repeat myself and I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned this in a previous BTS pic of the day, but what are the odds you’ve read every single one of these for almost 2 years now? I really respect Gone With the Wind. It’s a gorgeously shot film and wasn’t only an instant hit, but has become one of the most iconic movies since the medium was invented. I respect the movie, but I don’t like it much.

Done throwing tomatoes? Good. The movie is 238 minutes and you feel each one of those minutes. Compare that to something like Lawrence of Arabia, which is epic as well, but that first half flies by like it’s only 20 minutes. I also never liked Scarlett or Rhett, which is kind of important since it’s a love story. However, I wouldn’t ever look down on someone who does love this movie. I get it, it just didn’t touch me in the way other classic epics like Lawrence or Doctor Zhivago did.

But never say that I’d let my cold-ish reception get in the way of my BTS duties. I’ve got a nice shot from the making of Gone With the Wind for you guys. Enjoy!



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  • April 22, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by Santiago Charboneau


  • April 22, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Also, GWTW is a rather dreary movie.

    by Santiago Charboneau

  • April 22, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    I think GWTW is a bit too long...

    by macheesmo3

    However, I loved how Scarlett was pressured to maintain the look of mourning and so she refused to be seen flirting with Rhett, yet couldn't stop herself... It cracked me up.

  • April 22, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    every single one

    by Todd

    i have seen every single one, quint, so there

  • April 22, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I agree with Quint

    by Anacott_Steel

    Yeah, if I ever watch GWTW again, I treat it like a miniseries. Trying to sit through it in one setting would be a great cure for insomnia. Side note: Film composer/musician/songwriter/ardent drunk Jack Nitzsche would've been 75 years old today. What are your favorite scores composed by him? Mine would be: Cutter's Way OFOTCN The Exorcist (his contribution is the opening scene & Merrin's arrival) Cruising Starman Stand by Me The Seventh Sign Revenge

  • April 22, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, by far... OFOTCN.

    by gotilk

    ...the HELL?

  • April 22, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    New biography alleges Vivien Leigh was an ‘adulterous bisexual’

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

  • April 22, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    OFOTCN = (for Gotilk)

    by ArcherNX01

    Cuckoo's Nest Although I totally don't see his love for Cutter's Way. Lemme ride my horse and see if u can come up with a reason.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Thank you for saying that Quint.

    by lochkray

    Exactly my thoughts, Quint. On a technical level, it is an incredible film and deserves its place amongst the highest levels of classic movies. HOWEVER, It is also a movie without a single sympathetic character (except, maybe, Mammie). Everybody is a selfish whiner or bit of a dick. And every time they are given an opportunity for a sliver of happiness...somebody close to them gets gruesomly killed. So, its a movie with miserable whining dicks who have awful things happen to them. Amidst incredible cinematography and flawless acting. I have the exact same problem with Legends of the Fall - my wife's favorite movie.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I mean....

    by gotilk

    *I* know it's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But 90% of the rest of us out here? ..the HELL? Reminds me of one of my favorites. CBTTFADJDJD. Or HBWJ , a personal favorite. ...just joshin'.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Cutter's Way is damned fine.

    by gotilk

    One of those movies that just always gets overlooked, forgotten. Doesn't deserve it.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by damned-dirty-ape

    How dare you sir! I have seen every BTS pic you have posted. Hell, until recently it was the only reason I came to this site but output seems to have improved lately. I had no idea this column had been going for two years now, keep up the good work!

  • April 22, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    The odds are pretty good actually

    by Martin Hogg

    Much better than the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field even, I've been reading this since the very first one, and i love it. I wouldn't have seen half of this shit if it weren't for aintitcool. OK, that's enough of me trying to suck AICNs dick, for the record, i fucking HATE Gone with the Wind:)

  • April 22, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    I don't like it much either.

    by psychedelic

    Production values are fabulous and there are justifiably famous images. The storming of Atlanta is terrific and massive numbers of wounded scene(s) are memorable. But I didn't get invested in any of the characters. It's interesting to watch, but that's not the same as being swept up in a movie. The last time I saw it was in 1998 during a theatrical re-release. I could conceivably be talked into watching again, but there are many many many many other things I'd rather see first. Besides, by and large, I don't like melodramas. Let's face it, GWTW is basically a soap opera with a gargantuan budget. For a genuinely wonderfully romantic classic Hollywood movie, watch Casablanca.

  • April 22, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    GWTW is the best-shot Bad Movie of all time.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    What makes it capital-"B" Bad is the way it expects the viewer to feel sorry for some of the worst people who ever lived, just because their brutal little fantasy world of privilege and conceit that was built on human suffering is crashing down around them. If GWTW had displayed an ounce of self-awareness, if it had even hinted at the idea that we all live in cultural bubbles that strive to blind us to the ugly realities upon which those cultures are built, then it might approach the realms of film masterpiece. But it doesn't. It just pities people who felt no pity towards any of the people that they debased on a daily basis. There is no irony in GWTW, even as it wallows in a topic that is positively BOILING in irony. If it was just clueless, that'd be bad enough. But if it KNEW it was being disingenuous and that it was dodging a horrible historical fact - Then it's REALLY Bad.

  • April 22, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST



    Years ago, I felt all 238 minutes of this film too. Seeing it more recently though, I simply got into it more to the point where it all clicks for me. The movie did not change, but I did. I have to say, it's the best character-driven film centering on completely unlikable characters. Scarlett is a self-serving brat; Rhett is a scoundrel. Ashley is an insufferable pussy; and you want to reach into the screen and shake some sense into Melanie and her naive nature. One of the best looking Blurays there is. Beautiful.

  • April 22, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Never understood AICN's hate of this great film.

    by Knuckleduster

    I think Harry's brainwashed you, Quint. I remember him writing about Gone With The Wind and going on about the racism and not liking the characters. Blah blah fucking blah. Let's face it, Harry's taste in movies is as volatile as a bi-polar infant's. His reasons for not liking a film has as much to do with his bowel movements as it does with the actual film. This is the guy who didn't like Inception because he was sleepy. This is also the guy who said he didn't like The Descendents because he couldn't relate to the characters? Huh? It's a great film, damnit.

  • April 22, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    Mr Moe you basically just admitted to AICN that your a total pussy. Thats up there with picking your nose and eating it in public and then admiting you do it. You should return your cock and balls. You don't deserve to call yourself a man. badmrwonkasuckscock - thanks for that tid bit. Now I can't get the image of her growling Mammie out from my head. French and Saunders did a great paradoy of GWTW. Dawn dressed up as Mammy humming It's Raining Men as she dusts the mansion - classic!!! I agree with most people here. They were all revolting charaters. Then again they all seemed to get what they deserved. I especially hated Olivia De what evers character. So sappy and sooky and goody goody. Her carking it is one of the best parts of the movie. I had this picture inflicted on me recently for the first time under GREAT duress and was struck with how bad it actually is.

  • April 22, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Quint jumps his own shark?

    by veteran_of_mu

    I've also seen every single BTSPOTD. Hardly seems like 2 years though ... are you sure? My favourite is the one of Laurel and Hardy and Welles. Belongs on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper's album. As for GWTW, however, I also think Quint is off the beam. Yes, unlovable characters - even Mammie. But you dig this movie for the trip, ante-bellum to post-bellum. If it had only been a bit more explicit, shown more of the real horrors of the period it depicts, it would have been a culture changer.

  • Has there ever been a more stunningly beautiful woman alive than Vivein Leigh? Also, Clark Gable is one smooth motherfucker in this movie.

  • April 22, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    @half baked do gooder

    by deanmail

    "It just pities people who felt no pity towards any of the people that they debased on a daily basis. There is no irony in GWTW" - You've just described American The WIN justifies the means.

  • April 22, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I watched the first 5 minutes of Gone With the Wind...

    by Ricardo

    ... then I stood up and said "Nope. No way I'm taking 4 hours of THAT." - the second most unwatchable movie I've seen (the first one is the Mummy Returns).

  • April 22, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    ZOMG!! This film is TEH SUCK! The Pacing stinks and...

    by LargoJr

    ... not one single gang rape, decapitation, or drive by shooting. Hell, I don't even remember seeing a single boob the whole FILM! Someone needs to retcon Rhet Butler's final seen to a life & death hand-to-paw man vs. grizzly brawl on broken glass spread across a platform dangling over boiling oil!

  • April 22, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Watched this once and that was one time too many.

    by alienindisguise

    This flick is just a giant turd filled with overacting hacks.

  • April 22, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Melanie was fucking hot

    by sith_rising

    Scarlett wasn't shit

  • April 22, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    attn: bryan fuller

    by iampain

    kim kardashian as scarlett. tim tebow as butler. ratings gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 22, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by fxmulder35

    I watched Zhivago recently. I had good memories of it. Today, it's a monumental BORE. I'll take GWTW anyday.

  • April 22, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Vivien Leigh was a superb casting choice.

    by livingwater

    The film is a legend for many obvious reasons.

  • April 22, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by maelstrom_ZERO

    The book was a thousand times better. Not to hate on the movie--although I saw it ages ago, and can't remember half of it--but the book did a much better job of making the characters seem more sympathetic. Especially Scarlett, who is by all standards one of the most manipulative, petty, and destructive characters I've come across in film or literature. Also, movie Rhett was pretty badass and suave. Probably one of the more iconic rogue figures out there.

  • April 22, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I actually like GWTW

    by tittytwister182

    In fact it's my #1 favorite movie of all time. Yup, I said it. I'm a 33 year old straight white male.

  • April 22, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    The remake can have digital Mammie

    by UltraTron

  • April 22, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Looks like another lonely weekend

    by James Stevenson

    (Double figure) "posts over last 24 hours". Oh yeah, this joint is BUMPIN'! Poor Quint. I guess Cameron Crowe's not feelin' the heat JUST yet.

  • April 22, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    After hearing about this classic for years, but....

    by adeceasedfan

    not seeing it until I was in my twenties (really. What's a kid gonna pick GWTW or Commando?) I had a huge misconception of what this film was. I figured it was the epic romance of the ages, but was shocked at how vile everyone was. By the time it ended I was like "Seriously?" I felt hoodwinked by time and legend. One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen filled with the most miserable assholes commited to screen.

  • April 22, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by DementedCaver

  • April 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I respected this movie, but I didn't much care for it.

    by notcher

    It looks phenomenal for a film made when it was. But ultimately I was disappointed with how little I cared about the story. Yes there are famous lines, yes there is famous music, but in the end, my personal feeling was one of a hollow experience watching this. I prefer the much more epic "Lawrence of Arabia" if I'm going to spend 4 hours watching a movie.

  • April 22, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Ashley was possibly the biggest pussy in movie history!

    by jp

    Never got why Scarlet wanted to ride his limp dick over the trojan horse cock of Rhet Butler.

  • April 22, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    there is an excellent "Making of GWTW " series on youtube

    by livingwater

    Making "Gone With The Wind" ("Our World," ABC, 1987)

  • April 22, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "All About Eve" has the greatest bitch ever!

    by notcher

    Vivien Leigh had nothing on Anne Baxter's character, absolute BITCH!!!

  • April 22, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    "All About Eve" had the biggest bitch ever!

    by notcher

    Vivien Leigh had nothing on Anne Baxter. What a BITCH!!!!

  • April 22, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Has to be one of the most over-rated movies of all time.

    by Yamato

    I love many old movies, but this one really isn't nearly as good as its rep makes it out. I've seen it, its an ok movie, but hardly great.

  • April 22, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Hard to like a 4 hour movie with a bitch as the subject

    by proevad

    Scarlett really is an unpleasant person. Do I respect the character? Sure. I really don't enjoy watching her though--so it's strange that I've seen the damn thing 12 times. No explanation for that, but it's true.

  • April 22, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    and if I remember right, Gable couldn't dance

    by proevad

    so they are standing on a movable platform in this picture.

  • April 22, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I agree with Quint

    by ghost_matt

    I saw this movie once about 10-12 years ago. And I did like it, but it's just too long and there wasn't enough story to justify the running time. If it would have either A. been about a 2-3 hour movie or B. showed more of the Civil War or the evils of the time than it did, it would have been a much better movie. I love Lawrence of Arabia and I've watched the LOTR EEs way too many times to count, so I don't mind long movies. They just need to have enough story to justify it. I personally prefer Casablanca as a romantic movie.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I've seen *almost* every one

    by Guy Someone

    I missed a few here and there and I'd always come back to look for them, but there's no good archive to find BTS pics more than 2-3 days old. Yes, I know there are the massive, undated, rarely updated compilations with no captions or commentary. I said no GOOD archive. Quint's BTS series should really have its own section right on the main page. Links to the actual articles so if we miss we can get the story that goes along with the picture. The Behind the Scenes pictures are 95% of the reason I've remained a regular visitor for the last two years as well. I think you're seriously underestimating the popularity of this feature.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Right there with you, Quint

    by Shawn F.

    I also respect GWTW for its place in film history and for what it pulled off in 1939, but sadly it kind of left me cold. I've watched it a couple of times over the years to see if it would affect me more, but each time I got the same reaction: eh. The saving grace was Gable's Rhett. He was great. Give me a Lean Epic any day over this film.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    'Lawrence of Arabia' on blu ray....when? WHEN????

    by Raptor Jesus

    The best movie ever made and you can't see it on blu ray.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Great movie, but I agree it's not the type you can watch over and over

    by Logan_1973

    It's pacing is an issue, but that was the way they did things back then. I don't blame the film, I blame the era it came from.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    It's the highest grossing movie of all time


    adjust for inflation, and it's a whole new story. These modern box office numbers are a joke

  • April 22, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Bullshit, maxcherry, bullshit

    by MisterManReturns

    God, I get so sick of comments like that.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    And I've watched it about 30 times.

    by MisterManReturns

    Leigh is amazing, and considering what the producers went through to find her, well...

  • April 22, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I did not like it, it insists upon itself.

    by mdk

    Bunch of red state, revisionist historical right wing propaganda for the great unwashed denizens of Dumbfuckistan. With the usual 3rd grade level "romance" for the dumbass whore demographic that Hollywood's been crapping out for 80+ years.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    As much as I hate it, I did love Hattie McDaniel as Mammy...

    by mdk

    ...the only decent human being in the whole film and the true hero of the thing.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    butterfly mcqueen

    by nora inu

    My wife and I had a home birth for our son. I annoyed the crap out of her with the number of times I frantically uttered the sentence "I don't know nuthin' bout birthin' babies"

  • April 22, 2012, noon CST

    You know what GONE WITH THE WIND is about???

    by DementedCaver's about 4 hours. old joke ;)

  • ...and half-baked-goggle-box-do-gooder, nice post. That's what I would have said if I believed in commenting on outdated, racist cinema. And, fuck "Birth of a Nation." THERE IS NO SEPERATION BETWEEN FORM AND CONTENT, imho! Content is a part of form. Dammit, I guess I do believe in commenting on outdated, racist cinema. Bring on the Transformers 2 Pic of the Day!!

  • April 22, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Last thing. Ashley was miscast.

    by proevad

    It's either the actor or the character as written--but I don't buy him at all as someone Scarlett would even give a second look at--let alone be in love with.

  • April 22, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Scarlett Was Supposed to be Sympathetic?

    by Ctun

    I saw the movie for the first time recently (I know, I know), and one of the things I liked about it was that she was such an insufferable, manipulative cunt.

  • April 22, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The characters are "not likeable"? What kind of critique is that?

    by one9deuce

    That sounds like a studio suit trying to homogenize a script. "This story needs someone likeable so it's a four quadrant film"! Fuck that shit. I want characters that are interesting. And GONE WITH THE WIND is full of those. There's nothing wrong with saying you don't like GWTW, but anyone denying that it's a masterpiece and certainly in the conversation of greatest film ever made is just fucking stupid or ignorant. Or both.

  • April 22, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Great movie!

    by brad negrotto

    I admit it, I hated it the first time I watched as teenager. Scarlett was an aggravating whinny bitch. But I recently viewed it again. Funny (nobody ever mentions this), heartbreaking, and one of the best shot films of all time.

  • April 22, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    I think -unlikable characters- is a very fair critique for a 3 hour plus movie; After a while, you aren't rooting for anybody. You're not enjoying their company, and therefore hot enjoying your (loooooong) journey with them. That's my problem with fully enjoying it, anyway. But you are right, that denying the overall beauty and importance of the movie in regards to film history is ignorant. However, I have noted that 90% of the people here saying they disliked the movie have also recognized its importance. That surprises me, especially at an AICN talkback. Usually they're full of GWTW-is-crap-and-only-queers-and-retards-like-it type comments (with multiple spelling mistakes and poor grammar). The reverence the movie gets here, especially from people who didn't care for it as an entertainment experience, is quite the testament to its quality.

  • April 22, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I really dig Gone with the Wind. *shrugs*

    by DrBathroomMD

  • April 22, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Yet you think Zhivago's character is likable?

    by Acquanetta

    Sorry, but Rhett wins that matchup handily. If Doctor Zhivago hadn't been helmed by Lean, how many here would still champion it?

  • April 22, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Actually, Quint...

    by Sandy

    The odds are pretty good. I've read each and every one of these since you launched the feature. Love it. And it's even more cool for me now since I contributed to it and you used one of the pics I sent. Thanks for that. And for the column to begin with. Love this stuff.

  • April 22, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I've never seen the movie, but Doctor Zhivago

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    the book is just unbearable. I grew up in Jonesboro, GA, the home town of Margaret Mitchell; we had an idiot English teacher who made us read GWTW in high school (I don't know how she got approved for that). I couldn't get past the first chapter.

  • April 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I compare GTW to

    by disfigurehead

    Eating chinese food with MSG and then going into a fabric store at 12 years old with my mother. It draaaaagggggs

  • April 22, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Don't Cut! Don't Cut!

    by Real Deal

    I've always liked this film. Is it long? Well yes but it's a pretty good film about the change for the south that the war brought. From ball rooms to makeshift hospitals with no anesthetic. And being one of the first color films it's shot in a pretty epic manner. Are Scarlett and Brett idiots? Well maybe Scarlett at the end. Terra was more important. Brett had enough.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Still the most successful film of all time.

    by vadakinX

    Amazing to think that in todays world, studios prefer 90min films so they can have more screenings per day. GWTW of course was released in an era without TV. Movies were THE entertainment of the day. Even so, more people went to see that film than Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park... It's an achievement that will probably never be matched. For its impact alone, it deserves its place in film history. I still fucking hate it though. Ha.

  • April 22, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Here it is....

    by soladeo1

  • April 22, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I was going to guess Star Wars.

    by Tarijeno

    Because I'm a moron.

  • April 22, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    GONE WITH THE WIND is compulsively watchable

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    Much more so, to me, than most of the epics of the '50s and '60s -- including Lean's films and even 2001. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is a great movie but I've never been compelled to watch it more than once. 2001 I've seen a couple of times, but not in many years. Don't even get me started on the '59 BEN HUR. These are all great movies. 2001 is a downright genius movie. But they're all films whose running times I REALLY feel the weight of, to the point that it's been a long time since I felt like sitting down and committing myself to any of them. GWTW, despite being far longer than any of these movies, is a very easy viewing for me. I think nothing of stopping what I'm doing and sitting down to watch an hour or two, or more, of it when it comes on TV. And I think this is because it's the most character-driven epic of all -- even if the characters are complete fools and assholes, they're INTERESTING fools and assholes from whom it's hard to turn away. This grounds GWTW, makes it much more accessible than the epics of later decades in which the characters more often than not tended to get swallowed up in the settings and spectacle. I understand why many people don't like GWTW. Nothing wrong with that. But there is no denying what a groundbreaking movie, and what a tremendous technical achievement and cultural milestone, it was and continues to be. In the context of its era it is a truly astonishing film; nothing like it had ever been done before and it would be years before anything of its scale would be attempted again. Its influence on the entire industry is incalculable, and anyone who can't see this, who would ignorantly dismiss it as "revisionist red state propaganda" (as though there were any such things as red states and blue states in 1939) simply doesn't understand movies.

  • April 22, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Movies i would prefer to watch instead of Gone with the wind:

    by Martin Hogg

    The Phantom Anything with Stone Cold Steve Austin The Matrix Reloaded or the Matrix...whatever the last one was called Magnolia In fact, i think i might just film myself masturbating and put that on a loop for 4 hours. That would be better than Gone with the Wind. I may have gone a bit far with Magnolia though....who hates Magnolia as much as i do?

  • April 22, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Fiddledy fucking dee

    by JP

  • April 22, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Slow? Not if Michael Bay would remake GWTW

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    With the explosions and hyper camera shots it would fly by.

  • April 22, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Could watch Lawrence any time as long as I have plenty of water

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Always makes me thirsty

  • April 22, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    ah, yes...

    by Dollar Bird

    I have a friend in her 80s who was astonished that I had never seen this film before. Somehow, it escaped me. She fondly remembers driving through Atlanta on a trip with her parents and the movie opening there. In her memory, Atlanta was just some podunk town that was honored to have a movie premiere. So, a few years ago, she dug out her DVD (or was it a VHS?) and we watched it. I think she fell asleep. I on the other hand did not, but more because I could not believe what I was seeing. I agree with many of the posters above: the main character is truly unlikeable. But not so unlikeable that when she gets dumped for the last time at the end of the movie, I didn't feel like she'd had her comeuppance. Instead I just saw her as delusional and pathetic. And, to respond to one TBer's thoughts, she just wasn't interesting. Now Rhett, I liked. Total scoundrel, flawed, and far from a perfect human being, but he was interesting. But not Scarlett. When the film finally stopped I was polite and said it was good (because, let's face it, it is well crafted) but I have no desire to see it again. And on the Zhivago note: "Lawrence of Arabia" is my favorite movie, so I was excitedly curious about Lean's other epic. Sadly, "Dr. Zhivago" is near "Gone with the Wind" in how little I love it. I was so disappointed. Saw it in a theater with a huge screen, but just did not fall in love. (Liked the set of the frozen house, though.) My friend and I agreed that the main character was unlikeable and fairly unremarkable and mourned the fact that the movie focused on the wrong character; we much would have preferred to see a movie that followed the adventures of Alec Guiness's character. Ah, well. You can't love them all...

  • April 22, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Absolutely loved the Carol Burnett show parody

    by angry kitty

    When "Scarlett" comes down the stairs in the gorgeous green curtain gown, with curtain rod still attached, Genius skit. The actual movie is a classic, but as most have stated, a little too long and drawn out.

  • April 22, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    So Gone With the Wind isn't a "geek" movie

    by D.Vader

    But even true movie geeks and film lovers should be able to appreciate this movie and recognize its quality.

  • April 22, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    That mat they are dancing on...

    by D.Vader

    Is likely there to cut down on the sound of the two main actors footwear as they clomp around on set.

  • April 22, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Since when do leads have to be "likable"? Plus...

    by MisterManReturns

    Regardless, it's obvious some people have not studied the Civil War, or the "Old South" culture. In actuality. Mitchell extensively researched the original novel (quite different from the movie). We like our information, pardon the phrase, so "black or white" these days. "Wind" correctly presented the power of Southern female plantation "owners" during the war - it was widespread. In addition, many former slaves chose to remain at the plantations after the war - what the hell else could they do? Most had no financial means to live, and indeed, the "carpetbaggers" from the north, were a reality, in their abuse. "Freedom" was literal, not economic. There was no true "plan" to provide "emancipation." Not every plantation was "Roots" or "Mandingo". To come in here, stamp your foot, and "nobly" proclaim "racism," is self-serving and simplistic.

  • April 22, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    vivien leigh smoked 4 packs of cigarette per day during filming.

    by vulturess

    barf. no wonder rett didnt givadamm.

  • April 22, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Gone with the Wind

    by Baryonyx

    Quint compares GWTW unfavorably with two films that were made a LONG time after it was shot. GWTW was released in 1939 and it does come across as a bit creaky around the edges now. Lawrence of Arabia came out in '62 and Doctor Zhivago came out in '65: both of them were made at a time when films possessed more sophistication in acting styles and film-making techniques compared with what was the norm in the 30s.

  • April 22, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    @ alakazam - I farted myself laughing at that. Thanks.

    by Aaron

  • Leigh is just too fucking gorgeous to deal with in this movie. Gable is great, everything about this movie is great.

  • April 22, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Lawrence...Lawrence of Arabia

    by Crimson Dynamo

    He was an English guy...he went to fight the Turkish

  • April 22, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    planteran fan

    by D.Vader

    Yeah I thought that too. I figure they can see the floor in the background, so they just have to live with the sound of the actors dancing back there. But since the microphone would be focused right there on the main actors upfront, whatever they can do to limit their footsteps is ideal.

  • April 22, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    @crimson dynamo

    by top_cat_james

    Awesome reference! Love "The Hollywood Knights"

  • April 22, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Meh I always took Scarlett as being

    by DougMcKenzie

    representative of the Southern Aristocracy and Rhett as being Northern politicians. Courted her when he needed to, but eventually turned his back on her completely (Lincoln).

  • April 22, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Rhett Butler's not really a dick.

    by FluffyUnbound

    He treats every other character exactly as well as they deserved to be treated at all times. He's just surrounded by bitches and fools, so it makes him seem a bit harsh. I don't see how you can watch the scene where he schools the war-crazy Southern gentlemen about how any rebellion against the North is doomed to failure and not immediately like the character. You're supposed to hate Scarlett, so I understand you there, certainly. But hating Rhett? That's like watching RESERVOIR DOGS and then saying, "I really hated that Mr. White."

  • April 22, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    GWTW is a powerful anti-war film

    by Ricky Retardo

    It begins with Southerners gung-ho in favor of war against the North. They then find out that war is hell at the hands of General Sherman.

  • April 22, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    d. vader, you're right that GWTW isn't really a geek movie.

    by one9deuce

    But I would say its one of if not THE biggest influence on the most popular geek movie of them all: STAR WARS 1) A Civil War. Yankees from the industrial North vs the Rebels from the ragtag South changed to the Galactic Empire vs the Rebel Alliance. 2) Han Solo IS Rhett Butler. It's not even homage, it's just straight up the same character. A smuggler and scoundrel who has a change of heart and fights with the rebellion. And who happens to have a thing for a royal spitfire. It's clear that George Lucas saw and/or read GONE WITH THE WIND and appropriated a few things.

  • April 23, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Prefer CASABLANCA over this

    by onezeroone

    just for purely pacing reasons. Still love GWTW, esp the fact that there is hardly any sympathetic character.

  • April 23, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    I Love This Movie


    My dad used to watch it all the time, my mom talked about it, looked really boring, so I avoided it all through the 80s and 90s, and had yet to see more than 30 minutes of it until after 2000. Then, I sat down and watched the whole thing, and fell in love. How can you not like Rhett Butler? I love Scarlett. And mammy? The smartest person in the whole movie? Come on. A great movie. Not a fan of Ashely Wilkes. And it has some geek cred. A pre-Superman George Reeves is in the opening scene, and a few others, as one of the red-headed twins.

  • April 23, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Also, the King Kong sets used in the burning scenes

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I would kinda like a Wind Done Gone movie, though. But then again, I love that Carol Burnett Scarlett Barbie I got a few years back too, lol.

  • April 23, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I knew this would turn into a debate

    by Jaka

    Sure did. <p> I really like GWTW. Like it quite a bit, actually. But I do believe it's one of those that is not quite as great as you're led to believe before you see it. Not "the greatest movie ever made". Not for me, anyway. <p> To the overly long and dreary, featuring a bunch of evil characters, but it looks beautiful comments, well, yeah! That's pretty much why I dig it! If you can allow yourself an afternoon to get lost in it - have some snacks, take a break at intermission - it's a worthy use of that time. I don't need to watch it often, but every few years is OK.

  • April 23, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    You didn't feel every one of Doctor Zhivago's minutes..?

    by workshed

    Boy, does it drag. Sure, some great performances (Steiger, Courtenay), but also some key lame ones (Sharif, Chaplin). It's also about time Lawrence Of Arabia's theatrical cut was re-assembled because Lean's own DC falls flat on it's face after the 'Interval'.

  • April 23, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    workshed - Yep. Sure did.

    by Jaka

    I'll never watch that one again. Doctor Zhivago that is. That movie bored me to death.

  • April 23, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    GWTW is a bloated apology for romanticizing the south and its slavery culture.

    by Emerald Snoggingbottom

    Piss on this movie anyon who fuckin likes it.

  • Oh you mean THAT SCENE? That was a fucking rape? Talk about subtle!

  • April 23, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    You guys, uh...

    by Jon Forbing

    You guys did see that he said it was a good movie and that he respected it, but just wasn't personally that into it, right? Because it seems like a lot of people read that as "I think this movie is worthless shit and I hate everyone who likes it." "I wouldn’t ever look down on someone who does love this movie. I get it, it just didn’t touch me in the way other classic epics like Lawrence or Doctor Zhivago did." - Quint Yeah, I hate to state the obvious, but calm the fuck down, internet.

  • April 23, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Frankly My Dear... Let's get married!

    by alexander

    It wouldn't have made any difference to me.

  • April 23, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    What tjcoolguy said

    by alexander