Tales from the last surviving star of GWTW...charming...
OLIVIA de HAVILLAND is obviously pleased and proud of her participation in what has proved to be one of the most beloved films of the 20th Century. The silver-haired actress speaks directly to the camera to tell how her casting as Melanie came about. But it is not a full account of the struggles involved in making the film.
Speaking almost too slowly at times, caressing even simple articles of speech in an actressy manner (and a bit melodramatic to boot), she nevertheless communicates easily with anyone interested in hearing a behind the scenes account of making the legendary film.
The only drawback, for me at least, is that I've heard all of these stories before either from de Havilland herself (in interviews) or read about them in any one of the various books on the subject. She fails to come up with anything vitally new and significant--except for an amusing tale about the ruffles on Melanie's dress and Selznick's own quest for perfectionism. Other than that, I've heard all of the tales before from either her viewpoint or others who spoke about the film, so it was a bit of a letdown in not learning anything new.
But fans hearing this material fresh for the first time will no doubt find it fascinating. Maybe she's saving the best stuff for her autobiography, whenever that comes out. Olivia still has that radiant,classic loveliness and no doubt fans of the actress will appreciate her participation on this segment of the beautifully restored DVD.
Missing on the DVD is a rundown on Olivia's long career. All of the other players are given brief bios, but not Olivia. I guess they decided that this interview would make up for the missing bio.
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