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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 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)
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

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October 1988 (USA) See more »

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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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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Documentary Done with Love and Skill
4 January 2004 | by RobertHISee all my reviews

The great ingenuity and care taken in the preparation of this documentary (over 2 hours in length) reveals the love that the people involved had for this project. It is filled with detail from valuable primary sources: letters, memoes, telegrams, production records, story boards, photographs, voice recordings, film (including home-movies and screen tests, as well as the more usual news footage, outtakes, and movie clips), interviews with those still living, and even employs the actual typewriter Margaret Mitchel used to write her novel. It is unusually well written and edited, and offers many interesting parallels between sentiments expressed by characters in the film and the feelings and motivations of the people who worked on it, via the judicious juxtaposition of clips from the movie with the documentary material. The VHS videotape may not be readily available. I got it from the NY Public Library. Hopefully, this production will be reissued on DVD.


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