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Gone With the Wind (1939)

While "Gone with the Wind" is a legend amongst motion pictures, it's not a film that recent generations may have seen. It's ironic, too, as this 1939 blockbuster has a leading female role that's far stronger and more dramatically challenging than the simpering parts many modern actresses have to settle for today.

The role in question is that of Scarlett O'Hara, and it won Vivien Leigh an Oscar. She's a Southern Belle who enjoys the socialite lifestyle and the attention of every eligible single rich male in town. This idyllic lifestyle is shattered by the onset of the US Civil War that reduces her home to near ruins. Robbed of the luxuries she loved, she vows to grow strong so she will never be poor again.

What follows is her ruthless rise to the top of a new social order. Motivated by greed, she endures the hatred of many to claw her way to social victory. Even when she gets her claws into previously confirmed playboy Rhett Butler (Gable), she drives him away with her ambition for more.

"Gone with the Wind" is the type of movie that Hollywood did best, utilising lavish production values to enhance a dramatic story into cinematic glory. If it were to be made today, you can bet that Rhett would have a far larger role, the film would be much shorter, and Scarlett would be made into a more sympathetic character - which would only dilute the impact of the role.

Clear an evening and indulge yourself in one of the few films that can justifiably be called an epic.

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Director: Victor Fleming

Writer: Sidney Howard

Stars: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel

Genre: Drama

Length: 222 minutes

Cinema: 1939

Country: USA

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