Gone with the Wind: The Great American Epic

[Screenshot]Yow. I got a feeling there is not a single damn thing I can say about this film that hasn’t been said before. It could be argued fairly convincingly that it’s the single most culturally significant, or at least culturally pervasive, cinematic work in American history. A number of quotes and schenes have entered public consciousness, and it’s received both critical and popular acclaim. It’s really damn long but it’s not padded to fill the length, it’s well acted, and it’s shot in gorgeous Technicolor. What can a poor cinephile possibly say to add to the tremendous wealth of knowledge and commentary about it? There’s a lot about race relations and the sanitation trhereof, but that’s definitely a subject that’s been done to death. So I’ll quit while I’m behind and leave it at a personal opinion: It was a stupendous film, consistently awesome, but in the realm of epic-length sweeping dramas, I think I still prefer Doctor Zhivago. That’s just a personal preference though.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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