Margaret Mitchell's widely known
story of the Civil War South, it is assumed,
requires no telling. After all this time, "Gone
With the Wind," long anticipated and, no doubt,
eagerly awaited is ready. The film is a
monumental job in every department. It is
faithful to the voluminous, and overwritten,
novel. It represents dramatic color
photography at its apex. It creates in Vivien
Leigh, relatively unknown, a star of the very
first magnitude who earns that right by the
distinguished merit of her many faceted
performance as Scarlett O'Hara. The film is
constantly magnificent to look upon. In two
parts, its first is by far the more arresting and,
as such, outdistances the second
considerably and definitely tends to
emphasize the overlength of the final portion.
As it stands, however, this is a significant and
magnificent enterprise. Victor Fleming
Immediately it becomes clear that the chief
selling approach on "Gone With the Wind" is
to announce its date. So much has been
written and so much said about this nationally
known historical novel that the usual
announcement advertising, but always in
dignity and with restraint, should be sufficient.
If ever an audience might be said to be waiting
for a film, this is it. Civil War types of gowns, of
course, suggest themselves for usherettes
and the same period male garb for ushers.
Attention properly could be directed to the
enormous sales of the book and much could
be done in advance heralding of Vivien Leigh
as Scarlett O'Hara. But the mere fact the
attraction is booked in your theatre is the
keynote. It ought to be more than enough.
At last! "Gone
With the Wind." The mighty novel comes to life.
MGM 225 mins.