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Gone With The Wind|
Directed by Victor Fleming; 1939 |
Starring:Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O’HaraClark Gable as Rhett Butler | Mattie Seidel|
3/30/2012|

Gone with the Wind
On December 15, 1939 a movie was released in Atlanta, GA that would forever change how people saw the "Old South". This movie quickly became a smash hit and went on to become the #1 movie of all time and still holds the title, as we were reminded of at the Oscars last year. The movie was "Gone with the Wind". It was directed by Victor Fleming, and based off of the book written by Margaret Mitchell. This movie was made to portray one of the most difficult times in American History, and it shows the struggle America went through during the Civil war, and the hardships we went through during the reconstruction period.

Gone with the Wind was produced to coincide with World War II. It was made as an inspiration to the people of 1939 to give them hope about their future after the war. It was intended for both the soldiers taking part in the war, as well as the people left behind. It showed the world a realistic view of war rather than a glamorized version of war we so often see in movies. The movie Gone with the Wind was written in a point of view which keeps the audience more involved in the movie, making them feel as if they were a part of the film, and closer to history.

Gone with the Wind tells the story through the many characters, mainly through one particular character, Scarlet O’Hara who lost everything once the war started. It shows her through all of her trials starting before the war, through the war and especially during the reconstruction after the war. She loses her home, her money, and her prestige. She fights to regain her pride and her life. Even when you think her character is completely broken she still shows her strength in the end, which is what happened to most if not all southerners after the Civil war. Everyone basically had to start over, it...