Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #009: Gone with the Wind (1939)


Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered...

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On today’s EPIC podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 Hollywood classic: GONE WITH THE WIND! On today’s discussion:

  • Hattie McDaniel becoming first African American to win an Academy Award
  • One of the earliest films to sweep the Oscars
  • The ups and down of respect amongst film critics
  • How much money has GONE WITH THE WIND made?
  • The Billion Dollar Club
  • Our hesitation to watch the film our first time
  • How Blockbuster didn’t carry anything older than the year 2000
  • How David O Selznick got the film made
  • #NotMyRhett
  • Why Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler
  • “Selznick’s Follie” 
  • The revolving door of directors
  • The most unlikeable protagonist in history
  • Mark can’t keep his potty mouth clean!
  • The search for Scarlett O’Hara
  • Leslie Howard’s least convincing southern accent
  • An appearance by Superman
  • The themes of masculinity throughout the film
  • No one ends up happy
  • How they faked Clark Gable dancing
  • How the film got around the Hayes Code
  • The best shot in the film
  • How the “burning of Atlanta” was filled
  • Uncle Billy!
  • Scarlett as a feminist icon
  • Survival as theme
  • The rewriting of history
  • A thinly veiled Ku Klux Klan raid
  • How Rhett carrying Scarlett up the stairs is NOT the romantic scene many people think it is
  • How Scarlett matures yet remains selfish
  • “Frankly, my dear…” has more impact in context
  • How Hattie McDaniel was not allowed to attend the Atlanta premiere
  • Why it took so long for Gone with the Wind to air on television


PLUS REFERENCES TO:
  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
  • KING KONG (1933)
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
  • BEN-HUR (1959)
  • GETTYSBURG (1993)
  • SCARLETT (1994)
  • TITANIC (1997)
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003)
  • AVATAR (2009)
  • WATCHMEN (2009)
  • THE ARTIST (2011)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015)
  • SAN ANDREAS (2015)
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)









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