TCM Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Epic Masterpiece “Gone with the Wind”
The best-performing cinematic masterpiece of all time is back in theaters for the 75th anniversary of its release. On September 28th, moviegoers experienced Gone with the Wind on the big screen, presented in its original format* by Turner Classic Movies. An encore showing will take place October 1st.
This critically acclaimed film is consistently ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest of all time and holds Academy Awards in eight competitive categories along with two additional awards for production techniques.
It is, at the same time, an increasingly controversial film. The classic has received harsh criticism for its historical inaccuracies, particularly the mild (or even glorified) conditions of slavery slavery conditions. Further, feminist commentators revile the romanticization of the marital rape insinuated as an intoxicated Rhett carries his struggling wife up their sweeping stairs toward the bedroom. Some claim that this scene and Scarlett’s morning-after glow propagate the dangerous notion that women secretly yearn for forced sexual intercourse.
Despite any such shortcomings, Gone with the Wind masterfully balances the gravity of the American Civil War with a tumultuous romance. A powerful score and moving imagery carry the audience through the emotional journey that is this tragic chapter in American history, simultaneously punctuating the startling character development as Scarlett O’Hara transforms from vivacious flirt to unstoppable woman.
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*The film was originally shot with a 1.37:1 aspect ratio but was later “cropped” to accommodate wider screens. This event is the first in over six decades that will allow audiences to see the movie’s most powerful scenes in theater as they were originally envisioned.