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The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie October 1988
This is a documentary that revisits the making of Gone with the Wind with Archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
L. Jeffrey Selznick ...
Himself - Producer of 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
Irene Mayer Selznick ...
Herself - Wife of David O. Selznick (archive footage)
Himself - Director of 'A Star Is Born' (archive footage) (as William Wellman)
Marcella Rabwin ...
Herself - Executive Assistant to David O. Selznick
Katherine Brown ...
Herself - Eastern Story Editor for David O. Selznick (as Kay Brown Barrett)
Himself - Starting Director of 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
Margaret Mitchell ...
Herself - Author of 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
Jimmy Fidler ...
Himself - Radio Broadcaster (voice) (archive footage)
Silvia Shulman Lardner ...
Herself - Secretary to David O. Selznick (as Silvia Schulman Lardner)
Herself - Actress Testing for Scarlett (archive footage)
Actress in a film clip (archive footage)
Margaret Tallichet ...
Herself - Actress Testing as Scarlett (archive footage)
Herself - Actress Testing as Scarlett (archive footage)


This documentary on the making of GWTW focuses on the driving force behind the legendary film, producer David O. Selznick. He purchased the rights and over several years, tried to have a script developed. Several writers had their hand in the effort and in truth, the script was never properly finalized, something that dogged the film throughout its production. While the decision to cast Clark Gable as Rhett Butler was fairly straightforward, finding the right actress to play Scarlett O'Hara captured national attention with several of Hollywood's top stars vying for the part. The original director, George Cukor, left before the films completion as did his replacement, Victor Fleming. Selznick directed some of the scenes himself and was driven to get the film completed just as he wanted. From the film's initial test screening, the film-going public adored the results. Written by garykmcd

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October 1988 (USA)  »

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Der Film, der zur Legende wurde: Vom Winde verweht  »

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Behind the scenes of the greatest film of them all
9 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whatever your opinion of the 1939 classic, 'Gone With The Wind' (and I happen to think it is the best film ever made), this documentary will have something to interest you. Whether it be the headache of securing expensive film rights to an 'impossible' bestseller and then wondering how to recoup your investment; or the power struggles between producer, director(s) and writers; or the studio shenanigans to ensure the best possible cast; or the celebration of a job well done, it is all here.

Surviving cast members Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, and Butterfly McQueen (but curiously not Olivia de Havilland) contribute alongside Selznick colleagues and archive footage/reconstructed interviews with participants now dead. We see the story of GWTW from the first low-key appearance of Margaret Mitchell's soapy book, the fever as a nation sent it up the bestseller lists, and the struggle to condense its 1000 plus pages into a manageable film.

We see the screen tests of failed Scarletts, Melanies, and Ashleys (although there was only ever one man really in the frame for Rhett - the wonderful Clark Gable). We hear the romanticised story of how Vivien Leigh won the part of Scarlett. Finally, we hear about the film's preview and the rapturous reception it received before its glitzy premiere in - where else? - Atlanta, Georgia.

A worthy companion to a fabulous Follywood film. GWTW, all sprawling four hours of it, has no equal in the golden days of Tinseltown, and this documentary gives you just a few reasons why.

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