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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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Narrator (voice)
L. Jeffrey Selznick ...
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Himself - Producer of 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
Irene Mayer Selznick ...
Herself - Wife of David O. Selznick (archive footage)
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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)
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Himself - Starting Director of 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
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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)
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Herself - Actress Testing for Scarlett (archive footage)
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Actress in a film clip (archive footage)
Margaret Tallichet ...
Herself - Actress Testing as Scarlett (archive footage)
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Herself - Actress Testing as Scarlett (archive footage)
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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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Der Film, der zur Legende wurde: Vom Winde verweht  »

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Available as a bonus feature on the 2004 special edition DVD of Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

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Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Selznick International Theme
(1937) (uncredited)
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Only watchable because of its subject matter
3 December 2015 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Only watchable because of its subject matter.

You would think that the "Making of..." one of the greatest and most epic movies of all time would be incredibly interesting. Well, to movie buffs like me it would, at least.

However, this documentary is mostly quite dull. Maybe it is Christopher Plummer's deadpan narration, or the fact that far too much trivial information is included. There is no sense of the art and history that is being made.

It's all just too matter-of-fact...

Still, great subject matter, and worth watching for that alone.


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