8:00 PM, 5th April, 2001
'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn'. Clark Gable's immortal words, forever identified with this classic story of the U.S. civil war, were almost cut from its ending due to contemporary mores. From the novel by Margaret Mitchell and described by Leonard Maltin as a 'civil war soap opera', the story focuses on the folks back home in the 'Old South', which was forever swept away by the violent winds of change from this conflict. Famous as a vehicle for then 'heart-throb' Gable, Vivien Leigh, 'discovered' after a U.S.-wide search for a "Scarlett O'Hara" as filming began, is the standout in this stellar cast. Acting Oscars went to Leigh, McDaniel, and Howard (posthumously: he was shot down in WW2). Almost four hours long, except for some boring 'dead spots', it maintains interest throughout. If you have not seen this, flock to the Coombs for your opportunity to see it on the big screen rather than on TV. At the time of writing, it is not clear whether this is the expansive wide-screen version put together for the 1970s re-release, or the recently restored 'square' or 'narrow screen' version. But whatever... do not leave this planet without seeing it.