in about 100 words or less
USA 222m, Colour
Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor; Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen
Following in the footsteps of the first American epic film, The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind is a fictional account of the period surrounding the American Civil War from a white Southern and oversimplified historical perspective. Like Griffith’s earlier film, the Civil War served as a backdrop for a family drama and love story, however, unlike Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name, and not from an explicitly racist agenda. Considered to be the first Hollywood blockbuster, and one of the most influential films of all time, Gone With the Wind is a monumental undertaking filmed in glorious Technicolor, boasting an impressive cast of stars, thousands of extras, and some of the finest costuming, sets, and music that Hollywood has ever assembled (Klaus Ming May 2010).