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The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie October 1988
This is a documentary that revisits the making of Gone with the Wind with Archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage.

Director:

David Hinton

Writer:

David Thomson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Narrator
L. Jeffrey Selznick L. Jeffrey Selznick ... David O. Selznick (voice)
David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage)
Irene Mayer Selznick Irene Mayer Selznick ... Herself (archive footage)
William A. Wellman ... Himself (archive footage) (as William Wellman)
Marcella Rabwin Marcella Rabwin ... Herself
Katherine Brown Katherine Brown ... Herself (as Kay Brown Barrett)
George Cukor ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Mitchell ... Herself (archive footage)
Jimmy Fidler Jimmy Fidler ... Himself (voice)
Silvia Shulman Lardner Silvia Shulman Lardner ... Herself
Tallulah Bankhead ... Herself (archive footage)
Margaret Tallichet ... Herself (archive footage)
Frances Dee ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Ray Mary Ray ... Herself (archive footage)
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This documentary on the making of GWTW focuses on the driving force behind the legendary film, producer David O. Selznick. He purchased the rights and over several years, tried to have a script developed. Several writers had their hand in the effort and in truth, the script was never properly finalized, something that dogged the film throughout its production. While the decision to cast Clark Gable as Rhett Butler was fairly straightforward, finding the right actress to play Scarlett O'Hara captured national attention with several of Hollywood's top stars vying for the part. The original director, George Cukor, left before the films completion as did his replacement, Victor Fleming. Selznick directed some of the scenes himself and was driven to get the film completed just as he wanted. From the film's initial test screening, the film-going public adored the results. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Film, der zur Legende wurde: Vom Winde verweht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia de Havilland did not take part in this documentary due to her reportedly not wishing to be involved in any of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Gone with the Wind (1939). Although she did appear at The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards (1989) in August of 1989, to accept the award for 'All Time Favorite Motion Picture' on behalf of the film. See more »

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References The Misfits (1961) See more »

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Can a documentary about the making of a film get any better than this?
7 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is perhaps the best 'making of' documentary I have ever seen. This is incredibly impressive considering the gap of almost 50 years between the debut of "Gone With The Wind" and this documentary. Usually, the longer the interval between films, the less thorough the making of film is--but this is not the case here, as the film is approximately two hours long. Now most of the actors involved in making the original were either dead or declined to participate, yet this didn't hurt the film because there was so much tremendous background material that kept it all interesting from start to finish. The narration by Christopher Plummer was lovely, the few guest appearances were very nice and the gobs of wonderful hidden gems (such as showing the scenes with and without the matte paintings) make this come alive. If you love "Gone With The Wind", then you must see this film made for Turner Classic Movies---it will keep your interest from start to finish and have you marvel at how all the pieces actually came together. See this film!


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