I’m usually patently uninterested in
a) historical epics
b) movies about war
(I actively tried to walk out of Troy but my boyfriend at the time kept bribing me with Nerds and gallons of Diet Coke). So I was obviously hesitant to undertake the four hour time commitment that Gone With The Wind requires. And truth be told – I watched it in two parts.But you know what? It is really, actually good! And enjoyable! Sure, the character of Prissy is so damn annoying you want to shake her and yes, Scarlett’s constant man-slapping get a bit old, but the chemistry between Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable? And the character development in Scarlett? There’s a reason this movie won 10 Academy Awards.
Spoiler alert: Rhett Butler isn’t the bad guy! If you, like me, were only familiar with the scene in which Rhett walks out on Scarlett while telling her he doesn’t give a damn … well, you’ll be interested to see what Scarlett did that engenders such a reaction.
Some of the best bits?
Rhett: I love you. Because we’re alike. Bad lots, both of us. Selfish and shrewd. But able to look things in the eyes as we call them by their right names.
Mammy: I is told ya and told ya that you can always tell a lady by the way she eat in front of folks like a bird. And I ain’t aimin’ for you to go to Mr. John Wilkenson’s and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee! Ashley told me he likes to see a girl with a healthy appetite!
Mammy: What gentlemen says and what they thinks is two different things, and I ain’t noticed Mr. Ashley askin’ for to marry you.
Scarlett: stuffs food into her mouth
Mammy: Now don’t eat too fast. Ain’t no need for it come right back up again!
Scarlett: [With her mouth full] Why does a girl have to be so silly to catch a husband?
Rhett: I can’t go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands.
Scarlett: Sir, you are no gentleman.
Rhett Butler: And you, Miss, are no lady. Don’t think I hold that against you. Ladies have never held any appeal for me
Scarlett: As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.
What classic movies do you love? Which ones do you think are over-rated? I love One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Harold and Maude. Sunset Boulevard and Citizen Cane didn’t do much for me, though – and Stanley Kubrick films kill my soul.