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Movie-Gone with the wind
Presented byDinesh Das
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic
historical romance film adapted from Margaret
Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel
Set in the 19th-century American South, the
film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, played by
Vivien Leigh, and her romantic pursuit of
Ashley Wilkes who is married to his cousin,
Melanie Hamilton and her marriage to Rhett
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil
War and Reconstruction era, the story is told
from the perspective of white Southerners
In 1939, movie history changed, Gone with the Wind, a literary phenomenon in
its own right, was released. Making legends out of Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable,
Olivia de Havilland, and Leslie Howard, this movie is often seen as the most
important movie of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
She is an atypical protagonist. When the movie begins,
Scarlett is sixteen.
She is vain, self centered, somewhat spoiled, can be
insecure, and has an intelligent, bright mind. She stands out
in that she is smarter than and very much unlike the typical
party-going Southern belles around her.
She can be a high-strung busybody, but for someone so
smart, with men she loves, she can go into a mode where
she is both babyish and overthinks little things.
On the outside she seems charming, busy, good, and smart;
but on the inside she is insecure.
A bold, cynical rule-breaker, Rhett claims
that his heroic smuggling during the war was
purely for profit and that he doesn’t care
what society thinks of him.
Comfortable with his wealth and the
presentation of it, Rhett tries to downplay
any service he performs to those around him.
Rejected by everyone in his hometown of
Charleston, Rhett is drawn to Scarlett
because he sees her as his soul mate in
Despite his many problems with Scarlett as a
wife and mother, Rhett loves their daughter
Bonnie very deeply.
Gone With the Wind portrays an aspect of
Southern life, the confederacy, and slavery
during the Civil War time period. It also shows
much of the war coming from a Southern
The costumes, designed by Walter Plunkett,
were historically accurate for the time. Facial
hair, dark jackets, bright waistcoats, and tight
fitting trousers held up by suspenders for the
men. For the women, Regency gowns, corsets,
elaborate hats, and petticoats. Both men and
women wore slippers and shoes on formal
occasions, and more durable shoes everyday
Awards and Accolades
At the 12th Academy Awards held in 1940, Gone with the Wind set a
record for Academy Award wins and nominations, winning in eight of the
competitive categories it was nominated in, from a total of thirteen
It won for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best
Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration
and Best Editing, and received two further honorary awards for its use of
equipment and color (it also became the first color film to win Best
Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy
Award—beating out her co-star Olivia de Havilland who was also
nominated in the same
Screenwriter Sidney Howard became the first posthumous Oscar winner,
Selznick personally received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for
his career achievements, and Vivien Leigh won the New York Film
Critics Award for Best Actress
The costumes designed by Walter Plunkett
for Gone with the Wind remain among the
most famous in film history for their
beauty, construction and the sheer volume
of them required for the film.
As Gone with the Wind was an epic being
filmed in Technicolor, Selznick demanded
the costumes be sensational while
remaining historically accurate. Plunkett
and his team created over 5,000 pieces of
clothing for the principal cast and
thousands of extras.
The costumes, particularly Scarlett’s
gowns, covered two major historical
periods (the Civil War and
Reconstruction), and reflected the
changing fashions of the time
Iconic dresses from the movie
The green curtain dress with accompanying green
velvet dressing gown.
The burgundy ball gown
A frilled collar on both the
jacket and dress are mirrored
in the fancy headpiece. Gold
and blue jewellery and an
elegant up-do finish off the
Casual loungewear is a no-no for Scarlett,
instead wearing this fur and velvet coat teamed with a head of curls and diamond
A mixture of yellow, white,
black and blue make a
regal concoction. The
detailed piping and bold
hat make Scarlett look like
a woman not to mess with.
This sequin royal blue dress has a bird
shoulder detail and gleaming expensive
jewellery, thanks to Rhett.
It's not just day to day fashion which Scarlett
excels in. This powder blue nightwear set is
lavish with the fur white trim.