Gone with the Wind Movie Summary
Gone with the Wind (1939) is a love song to the antebellum South. Adapted from the best selling novel by Margaret Mitchell, it tells the tale of Scarlett O’Hara (Oscar winner Vivian Leigh) and the three loves of her life; Tara (her family plantation), Ashley Wilkes, and Rhett Butler (played famously by Clark Gable).
Scarlett is renowned as one of the most popular and strongest women in cinema and literary history. This is remarkable considering the status of women during the time the story is set.
Through three husbands and one child (in the film anyway), Scarlet uses all of her might to preserve Tara through the destruction of the American Civil War. She pines shamelessly for Ashley Wilkes despite his marriage to the saintly Melanie Hamilton (Olivia De’Havilland). Scarlett is her own worse enemy as she realizes too late that her true love is a man a lot like her, Rhett Butler. Rhett told her himself that he understands her, and loves her for who she really is.
This film stands the test of time and is a cinematic masterpiece.
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