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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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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)
Susan Hayward ... Herself (archive footage)
Margaret Tallichet ... Herself (archive footage)
Frances Dee ... 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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1.33 : 1
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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 21 Days Together (1940) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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The greatest story behind the making of a Hollywood epic
3 July 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

David O. Selznik, one of the most successful producers in the Hollywood of the 1930s, probably never considered what he was getting into, when he decided to bring Margaret Mitchell's massive novel, "Gone with the Wind", to the movies. The monumental task to recreate the book, which was a favorite among the American public of the era, was not an easy, or a happy undertaking by Mr. Selznik, or the people that were involved in the project.

David Hinton's documentary, which was shown by TCM recently, is a gem of a film because it gives a fantastic account of all that went on to make the film. "Gone with the Wind" stories have been told forever, or so it seems, yet, in the documentary they are examined thoroughly again by a lot of Mr. Selznik's collaborators who were still around in 1989 to tell the story.

The best thing in "Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind" is the footage where many stars were tested for the leading roles. The characters of the book were coveted by most of the actors of the time because they realized the importance about appearing in it would mean to their careers. We see actors of the stature of Jean Arthur, Joan Bennett, Tallulah Bankhead, among the ones that wanted to contribute to the movie, yet, they were not chosen.

David O. Selznik comes across as a disorganized genius who had no idea about what he was doing. His memos to the cast and crew were something not to be believed. Some people resented this way of communication. His battle with George Cukor is also told and how Victor Fleming, who by all accounts was not the perfect candidate, came to be the one that was able to complete the picture.

There are some excellent comments, especially from Ann Rutherford and Evelyn Keyes, who explain what they saw while the film was in production. Some others also come on to tell us their view about what the film changed their lives and the experience of having worked with a mad man who was so intent in getting the movie done. It's a good thing this film was done during the 1930s because it would probably had cost more than 200 million in today's dollars! Thanks to director David Hinton this epic movie is examined and put in its proper context to help the viewer understand the way Hollywood worked during the time it decided to convert the book into a movie.


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