Plot Summary

The mighty winds of the Civil war in a jiffy take a carefree youth southern girl Scarlett O'hara, when the familiar sound of the balls is replaced by the roar of a cannonade on the outskirts of his home. For a young woman, forced to fight for a new life on a ruined earth, trials and hardships become a chance to rethink the ideals to have faith in yourself and find true love.

Did You Know?

The film is based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell "gone with the wind" (Gone with the Wind, 1936).

Published in 1936, the novel was sold on the first day more than 50 thousand copies. In its first year, the novel won the Pulitzer prize and was reprinted 31 times.

As an advance for his forthcoming book Margaret Mitchell received $ 500, and the copyright interest earned in the first year and $ 3 million (which meets 33 million modern dollars).

Publishing house "Macmillan Publishers" was going to print my novel with the title "Tomorrow is another day" / Tomorrow Is Another Day, but Mitchell offered a choice of several alternative titles, among which were "gone with the wind". The phrase she found in the poem Ernest Dowson "Cynara".

First, Mitchell wrote the last Chapter. She then began stringing the heads one after another on the story rod, as strung pieces of kebab on a skewer. One of the oddities of the writer include the fact that many heads she hid for a week or two under the furniture in the house and then got them re-read and make adjustments.

Producer David O. Selznick paid a ridiculous 50 thousand dollars for the right adaptation of the novel.

Among other candidates for the role of Butler was considered the star's 30 years as Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone and Errol Flynn.

Search Actresses for the role of Scarlett O'hara was carried out even more intensively. Only 1400 were considered candidates.

The main contender for the role was considered to be Bette Davis, but the star has been associated multi-year contract with the "Warner Bros.". Jack Warner agreed to release Davis, but provided that the male role will be played by Errol Flynn. Bette Davis refused because, in her opinion, Flynn looks too feminine.

Selznick started filming without actress for the lead role! For the filming of the estate were involved in the mansion of Selznick's brother, Myron, head of the Hollywood firm in the casting. It is the Myron and recommended the young actress Vivien Leigh. The role of a black nurse-maid claimed... cook US President Franklin Roosevelt Lizzie Mcduffie, but the choice fell on Hattie McDaniel.

Actress Barbara O'neil played Scarlett's mother Ellen, in fact, was only three years older than the actress Vivien Leigh.

In the writing of individual scenes of the film was attended by the famous writer Scott Fitzgerald, whose name has not appeared in the picture credits.

On the last day of filming on 26 January 1939 there was still no finished script. It finished right on the set at pauses.

Screenwriter Sidney Howard for a month before the premiere, was killed in an accident on the farm. "Oscar" for best screenplay was presented to him posthumously.

For the film was sewn 5500 original costumes, including 1,200 uniforms of the army of the confederates-southerners. Their cost was only $ 10,000. All uniforms have undergone the process of aging: their Ter on the sand, used a metal brush, soiled in the dirt.

In the film, involved 59 actors and 2,400 extras, 1,100 horses, 375 other animals, and 450 carriages and carts. The final cost of the film was 3.7 million dollars (41 million in today's dollars) plus $ 550 thousand on advertising, posters and special booklets.

When Director George cukor left due to disagreements with the producer of the set, the Film quickly found a replacement in the person of Victor Fleming.

Leslie Howard, who played in Gone with the wind war hero Ashley Wilkes, was a military reserve officer. When the Second world war, he went voluntarily to the front and was killed when his plane was shot down.

Originally in the scene when Scarlett is on the field of battle between the bodies of the killed and wounded of the South, planned to use 2000 of extras. But the screen actors Guild demanded to pay all of them at an average rate of what Selznick refused. In the scene were involved 800 paid extras and 400 volunteers, who starred for free.

For some not quite censorship of expression characters in the film Selznick was fined $ 5,000, but he always believed that paying the money is not wasted.

The sessions took place in the cinema Loew's Grand Theatre on pear street and the building of the cinema was decorated like an old mansion of the dynasty O'hara, and over the entrance hung a photo of Clark gable embracing Vivien Leigh. Tickets to the premiere cost $ 10, but speculators were selling them at the price of 200 dollars (in current amounts — $ 2,000)...

Almost a million spectators saw the film in Atlanta. The night near the cinema stood up to 300 thousand people who wanted to personally greet the filmmakers.

Yielding to the powerful pressure from the Legion of Followers of the Catholic Church, the censors gave "Gone with the wind" the right to display only a limited number of cinemas in a limited time "low moral foundations of the main characters, a degrading example of the degradation of society, scenes of violence and excessive lust".

In July 1998 the legendary film "gone with the wind" was released in the U.S. as a whole re-distribution.

For the role of Scarlett was utverdzheno Paulette Goddard, but then the contract was terminated.

In 1976, when American TV showed "gone with the wind", the audience, according to estimates of sociologists, amounted to about 130 million viewers.

Vivien Leigh was selected for the role accidentally, after many trials of other famous Hollywood Actresses

Despite the fact that the color in the film established much later (around the 1960s), gone with the wind is completely a color film, it was filmed with the help of "Technicolor" in which black and white images were painted in red and green and fastened into a single tape, which allowed to obtain the desired color range

Fully restored version of the film has duration of 238 minutes.

Vivien Leigh worked for 125 days and received a$ 25,000, Clark gable worked for 71 days and received over 120,000$.

Manners in America 30-ies were such that none of the black actors and Actresses who starred in the film, were not allowed to attend the premiere.

In the film initially, instead of steam locomotives filmed the layouts. Then on 29 December 1938 Wilbert Kurtz, who was historical consultant to the film, wrote a letter to the NC roads

Samples for the role of Scarlett was attended by Clark gable's wife actress Carole Lombard.

The idea of the novel, the writer had learned from his own life. During her studies at Smith College she fell in love with a classmate, but fortunately weren't fated to come true: the man died at the front during the First world war.

The first scene filmed for the movie, was the scene of the escape of Scarlett and Rhett from the burning of Atlanta scene was shot in natural conditions — the leadership of the Studio was set on fire a quarter of decorations left over from filming another movie

Two people from the cast of "gone with the wind" lived in those years in which the plot unfolds the film, Harry Davenport (Dr. Meade) and Margaret Mann (cameo role of the nurse in the hospital writing a letter under the dictation of a dying soldier).

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