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This was showing tonight on my local PBS station, glorious Technicolor and so on. I've never seen it before, so I thought I would watch.

Wow. I lasted 45 minutes. My wife fell asleep within 30. If this is one of the pinnacles of American cinema art, that's pretty pathetic in my opinion.

Let the slings and arrows begin.
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I'm happy to be 100% in your corner on this one, landmark, even if not on socialism. To be honest, I have a hard time sitting through most movies these days, and the old ones are usually even worse.
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I'm finding it hard to believe that in all your years on the planet that this is the first time you're seeing this epic. I mean, seriously, George Reeves was terrible as one of the Tarlton Brothers, and other actors and actresses as well, but it was 1939 for goodness sake! It's been years since I've seen it but did you miss Hattie McDaniel's performance? Butterfly McQueen's? Leslie Howard's, Olivia De Havilland's? Not to mention Clark Gable's! Yikes, what does it take to please you Jack? Americans loved it and they still do, despite that you don't! Are you saying that you're more sophisticated than the rest of America's moviegoers? It sure sounds that way. It was a blockbuster in terms of color technology, epic Civil War fictional drama.

I'm curious as to what YOU didn't like about it. Seriously.

I'm wondering if you'll tell us next that The Ten Commandmants was a an awful movie because Charleton Heston was a card-carrying NRA member! Smile
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Not one of my favorite films. But it is one of the pinnacles of the Cinematic art and is most likely the most viewed movie of all time. But you have to remember it was made in 1939. So cinematic tastes have changed since then.

To experience it fully you really need to be seen in a Theatre on the big screen and without the distractions so easily found in one's living room.

I've only ever seen it on the big screen and really can't imagine it having the same impact on TV. Much the same as Star Wars. 100% better when seen as it was meant to be seen. On the biggest movie screen in town.
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I'm finding it hard to believe that in all your years on the planet that this is the first time you're seeing this epic. I mean, seriously, George Reeves was terrible as one of the Tarlton Brothers, and other actors and actresses as well, but it was 1939 for goodness sake! It's been years since I've seen it but did you miss Hattie McDaniel's performance? Butterfly McQueen's? Leslie Howard's, Olivia De Havilland's? Not to mention Clark Gable's! Yikes, what does it take to please you Jack? Americans loved it and they still do, despite that you don't! Are you saying that you're more sophisticated than the rest of America's moviegoers? It sure sounds that way. It was a blockbuster in terms of color technology, epic Civil War fictional drama.

I'm curious as to what YOU didn't like about it. Seriously.

I'm wondering if you'll tell us next that The Ten Commandmants was a an awful movie because Charleton Heston was a card-carrying NRA member! Smile

Bob, I have to say that I've avoided it all these years because the subject matter wasn't interesting to me. But it was actually worse than I expected.
At least the first 45 minutes.
In 1939, Victor Fleming directed two of the major movies of the year: Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. He won the Oscar that year for his direction of a fantasy.
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@Payne, I completely agree with you.

@ Jack, I can appreciate that you didn't care for the opening of the movie, but the subject matter was the Civil War and its aftermath. You may not be interested in that but it was probably the most defining time in American history. Just sayin'
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Interesting. To me, GWTW is greatness.

The scene with Mammy and Melanie walking up the staircase after the death of Bonnie just does me in every time (I read somewhere that was the moment that cinched the Oscar for Hattie McDaniel).

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I generally like classic (and just plain old) movies, but I have never seen GWTW in its entirety. I'm with Landmark, for some reason it just never struck a chord with me. A few weeks ago I watched Sunset Boulevard again, and I was reminded how good some of those old films really are (if you can get past the idea of a dead guy narrating the film!). Plus, it's fun to see a really young and thin Jack Webb, as well as a few cameos by early film stars (as well as Cecil B. DeMille).
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the subject matter was the Civil War and its aftermath.

I enjoyed Lincoln, Glory, and Shenandoah. I couldn't get pulled into the story of a spoiled Southern daughter of a wealthy, treasonous slave-owning plantation owner. I just had zero empathy for her. Obviously, many people feel differently.
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Empathy for Scarlett's character was never on my own radar screen, personally.

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I enjoyed Lincoln, Glory, and Shenandoah.


Loosely related to the above list, I thought "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was one awful movie! Smile
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I thought "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was one awful movie!

True, but you might say for that movie, at least there was something at stake. Smile
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Never watched it, but then I saw the Godfather movies last week.
Kept falling asleep trying to see one through the years.
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Maybe it's a generational thing. I first saw it when I was in the 4th grade(over 50 years ago) on the big screen. It was an assignment by my teacher since we were studying the civil war at the time. It was her favorite film. I would have to say it is one of my top 5 favorite films also. My wife and I happened to switch channels and tune in to the second half of the film this past Saturday. We both agreed it was one of the greatest films of all time and we continue to enjoy it each and every time we see it.

When I perform my mentalism act one of the effects I do requires participants to think of their favorite all time movie. I would have to say Gone With The Wind together with The Wizard Of Oz are the most popular movies although they are more likely to be selected for people over 50 than under.

Another consideration is the length of the movie. It is a very long movie and if you're not in a condition to sit through a long movie wait until you are before watching the entire film. I also think some of the effects are lost when watching it on a smaller TV screen rather than a large movie screen. So get a good nights sleep and find the biggest screen you can. I think you'll discover why it is considered one of the greatest films of all time.
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Clark Gable was not one of my favorite actors for some reason.
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I'm pretty close to a movie-aholic. I lived to go to the movies when I was a kid and still go nearly weekly. I don't see EVERYTHING put out, way too much anymore, but I see most of the biggies and really like quality foreign and independent movies. Yet, I don't think I've ever seen Gone With The Wind. I know I've seen short pieces of it and it never made me interested in watching it. I was thinking that it is mostly because of its age and was really surprised when landmark pointed out it was made the same year as The Wizard of Oz. For a movie made in 1939 that's one that has certainly held up.

Maybe there's a reason that The Wizard of Oz is shown every year on a major network while Gone With The Wind rarely is. Smile
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On Apr 18, 2015, landmark wrote:
This was showing tonight on my local PBS station, glorious Technicolor and so on. I've never seen it before, so I thought I would watch.

Wow. I lasted 45 minutes. My wife fell asleep within 30. If this is one of the pinnacles of American cinema art, that's pretty pathetic in my opinion.

Let the slings and arrows begin.
here's one I'll agree with you on.
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Never watched it, but then I saw the Godfather movies last week.
Kept falling asleep trying to see one through the years.


You really fell asleep trying to watch the Godfather movies? Did you try and watch them all in one sitting? That would be difficult. However I cannot imagine not getting involved and taken into the content of the films as I personally thought they were every bit as good as the books.
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I guess when, Gone with the Wind, was made, people still had living memories of the civil war from parents and so on. Art is often loved in its time if people can relate to it.
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My wife enjoys movies, but only if they are in color. I find that really, really odd. She just says that there is something about black and white that...she's not totally sure, herself, but something along the lines of "it destroys whatever illusion of reality it might have had."

I did get her to watch "Casablanca" with me not long ago. She enjoyed the movie, and we had a nice time discussing it.

I'm no "IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE" fanboy, but don't dislike it either. Color or black and white makes no difference to me.
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