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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.

Director:

David Hinton

Writer:

David Thomson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Narrator
L. Jeffrey Selznick L. Jeffrey Selznick ... David O. Selznick (voice)
David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage)
Irene Mayer Selznick Irene Mayer Selznick ... Herself (archive footage)
William A. Wellman ... Himself (archive footage) (as William Wellman)
Marcella Rabwin Marcella Rabwin ... Herself
Katherine Brown Katherine Brown ... Herself (as Kay Brown Barrett)
George Cukor ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Mitchell ... Herself (archive footage)
Jimmy Fidler Jimmy Fidler ... Himself (voice)
Silvia Shulman Lardner Silvia Shulman Lardner ... Herself
Tallulah Bankhead ... Herself (archive footage)
Margaret Tallichet ... Herself (archive footage)
Frances Dee ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Ray Mary Ray ... Herself (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia de Havilland did not take part in this documentary due to her reportedly not wishing to be involved in any of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Gone with the Wind (1939). Although she did appear at The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards (1989) in August of 1989, to accept the award for 'All Time Favorite Motion Picture' on behalf of the film. See more »

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Features Sidewalks of London (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Selznick International Theme
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Alfred Newman
Played for the Selznick International Logo
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it's a wonderful story you'll never forget
31 October 2003 | by rossrobinsonSee all my reviews

Gone With The Wind is a story you'll never forget. The documentry about Gone With The Wind was excellent because it explains in detail about the movie, how it was all set out and how long it took to take to decide who would take the main parts in it. It must have been very difficult for the people who made this movie to make up their minds of who shall be the best person to play and to take part in Gone With the Wind. I think it all started in 1937 when the people asks some Actors and Actresses to take an audition and show what they have got. The documentry is fantastic to watch. I give it 10 out of 10.


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