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Alana (alanasbooks) | 730 comments Mod
The only film adaptation I found for this is the classic starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh (which I haven't seen in years, but seriously, watch it!) It does appear that it has been made into a musical and a couple of stage plays, however.

As anyone seen any adaptations other than the 1939 Academy Award winner?


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Book Vamp Jade Williams (honey01) | 24 comments I don't think there are. Some who I cant imagine who would be able to hold a candle to the two icons. Just cannot see anyone saying those famous words "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ5IC...

or the end scene where Scarlet shakes her fist at the world.


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Alana (alanasbooks) | 730 comments Mod
Right? Those certainly are iconic!


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Powder River Rose (powderriverrose) | 40 comments I saw this movie for the first and only time about 3 years ago....I know, I'm a late bloomer.
Here's a little tidbit for you: The famous green dress weighed 35 lbs and was made in a whirlwind 3 days...to follow along with the story. Also, it appears the Daughters of the Confederacy helped Walter Plunkett. Off the top of my head I can't remember the amount of fabric used.
Because I love old movies as well as creating victorian clothing, I was interested in watching the movie-which was long but very good.

I may not get to this in December, but I will read it in January. Thank you.


message 5: by Powder River Rose (last edited Dec 06, 2015 09:47PM) (new)

Powder River Rose (powderriverrose) | 40 comments Powder River Rose wrote: "I saw this movie for the first and only time about 3 years ago....I know, I'm a late bloomer.
Here's a little tidbit for you: The famous green dress weighed 35 lbs and was made in a whirlwind 3 day..."


My apologies...the green dress was made in a single night just as it was in the book.

"Seamstresses worked feverishly to complete 2,868 costumes, not including 1,230 Confederate uniforms. Three weeks were required just to make one striped dress for Scarlett.......(there were twenty-seven versions of Scarlett's calico dress alone)...."

Gone With the Wind: the definitive illustrated history of the book, the movie, and the legend Gone With the Wind the definitive illustrated history of the book, the movie, and the legend by Herb Bridges by Herb Bridges is a great source of information.


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Book Vamp Jade Williams (honey01) | 24 comments I remember reading that about the green dress, I also love old movies and a few years ago they had the making of the movie as well as stills from behind the scenes. Even the stills where beautiful. Apparently Vivien Leigh later said that she hated kissing Clark Gable because of his bad breath, probably caused by his false teeth, a result of excessive smoking. And for 125hrs she worked she only was paid $25 000 compared to Gable who worked 71hrs but was paid $120 000.


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Alana (alanasbooks) | 730 comments Mod
Wow, so many costumes! It truly is an "epic," in many respects!

That's funny about Gable's bad breath! Who knew, he always seemed such the stud back then! As far as the pay, I'm not sure the equality in that has improved much in the last 100 years.... although, I think she was fairly unknown at the time and Gable was already a heartthrob, which holds true today with well-known vs. unknown actors. I could be wrong about Leigh, though... she certainly had a prolific acting career; I just can't remember how much was before and how much was after GWTW.


Powder River Rose (powderriverrose) | 40 comments Alana wrote: "Wow, so many costumes! It truly is an "epic," in many respects!

That's funny about Gable's bad breath! Who knew, he always seemed such the stud back then! As far as the pay, I'm not sure the equal..."

She was an unknown before the movie.....introduced on the set. After she was definitely a hit.


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Alana (alanasbooks) | 730 comments Mod
That probably had a great deal to do with the unequal pay... but it's still disgraceful.


message 10: by Powder River Rose (last edited Jan 01, 2016 10:50PM) (new)

Powder River Rose (powderriverrose) | 40 comments Yes, however she took the Oscar and he didn't. Lady justice at its finest. :)

In 1939 "GWTW swept away with a record ten Oscars" and here's how they were awarded:

Best Picture (Beating out: Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz and Wuthering Heights)

Best Director

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel. "This was the first Oscar to be awarded to a Black performer")

Best Screenplay

Cinematograph

Film Editing

Art Direction

Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Color

Memorial Award for Most Consistent High Level of Production Achievement by an Individual Producer

Of the many surprises that year:
Clark Gable lost to Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O'Hara) won Best Supporting Actor "not for GWTW but for his work in Stagecoach with John Wayne"

Information in quotes came from Gone With the Wind: the definitive illustrated history of the book, the movie, and the legend.


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Alana (alanasbooks) | 730 comments Mod
Powder River Rose wrote: "Yes, however she took the Oscar and he didn't. Lady justice at its finest. :)

In 1939 "GWTW swept away with a record ten Oscars" and here's how they were awarded:

Best Picture (Beating out: Dark ..."


That's pretty incredible: there are some very caliber films in that list!


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