21.1.10

Gone with the Wind.

Wow, 10 more little heads! A big thank you to everyone who is following me. And if you are not following me, I hear it's a good time.

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I'm a fan of melodrama. (Can I say that?) Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind is so subversive. It is one of my favourite books. The movie may be better than the book.

When I was a girl, Scarlett O’Hara was a big influence on me. (This is probably unfortunate.) I loved Scarlett's selfishness, and how she tries to control her sexual and economic fate. (Just as women struggle to do today.)

The story about Scarlett’s crush on the unavailable Ashley is popular for the same reasons why He’s Just Not That Into You was a bestseller. (In my formative years, a book like He's Just Not That Into You would have been helpful.)

And when I was older, I realized how dreamy Rhett is. (In a lusting for an alpha male way.) I empathized with Scarlett, especially when Rhett says one of the most memorable lines in literature (“Frankly, my dear...”).

But of course Scarlett can’t be allowed to get away with threatening gender roles and the status quo. Just like in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Scarlett the woman must be put in her "place". This is another reason why Gone with the Wind remains so popular.

I still admire Scarlett’s tenacity. For years, I lived by her mantra.

I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.

Gone with the Wind was published in 1936. It is more about the prevailing attitudes of the 1930s than those of the Civil War. We still are grappling with the issues that are raised in this book. Can women take control of their sexual identities? Can women be wives and mothers, and also have a career?

I'm not a fan of Sarah Palin, and I might be stretching with this comparison. But just think about this. Palin is like a present-day Scarlett O'Hara. She is a beautiful, selfish, tenacious woman. She had lots of suitors (the Republican nomination). Now she has gone to Fox (Atlanta), to seek her fortune, and some day, probably after a traumatic event, she will need to return to Alaska (Tara).

Some people complain that the portrayal of African Americans, especially in the film, is racist, but the story needs to be considered within the context of its time. Just like Shakespeare, or any great literature.

Here are some stunning photos from the film:

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12 comments:

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I have never seen this movie. It is on my list to see this year. The photos from the movie are fabulous.

From AA to NZ said...

Wow.

The pale observer said...

Wow - Sarah Palin as a modern Scarlett O'Hara? That was a brave comparison :)

I think we'll all struggle to come to terms with all our roles. It will never fall easily into place unfortunately :(

injaynesworld said...

Yeah... not seeing the whole Palin/Scarlett comparison thing, but always loved the movie.

Café Chick said...

I read Gone With the Wind as a teenager and was so proud of myself for making it all the way through without 'cheating' and just watching the movie! Both versions have captured me, but Vivien Leigh's portrayal as a woman who rebelled against society in so many ways, yet was ultimately vulnerable herself, was absolutely priceless.

Suzy said...

The third picture down? In the carriage leaving Atlanta? That was the first scene shot in the movie because Selznick didnt have his Scarlett yet. AFter testing everyone in Hollywood and being unhappy with all of them and behind in his shoot echedule, he shot that scene first.

If you'll notice, there is no closeup and she's seen in silhouette. During that shoot, Selznick's brother brought him Vivien Leigh and he just knew he had found his Scarlett.

A closeup shot of her in the carriage was shot after the initial scene that is pictured on your blog.

From AA to NZ said...

In response to Suzy's historical notations: just recently watched a documentary about the making of GWTW which was fascinating too - especially if you think the movie is almost perfect.

Sarah said...

Scarlett and Rhett are the topic of many conversations (and arguments) in our household. Scarlett rocks. She did what she had to do to survive.

A psychoanalyst could make millions off Scarlett. She had this thing with her dad. And that carried on with the men in her life. Also, though some of that was the times.

Frankly Scallop, I don't give a clam.

Sweet Jane said...

First of all - way to add 10 heads! Totally deserved, I heart your brain.

And 2nd of all, I'm down with the Sarah/Scarlett comparison. I shudder at the thought of that 'Maverick' but I think you're right on, and it might explain some of the fascination we (as a country, specially the middle) have with her.

And 3rdly - I just enjoyed the whole post. REally good stuff.

Sweet Jane said...

um, by country I mean mine (us-uv-a) and I don't mean to be all judge-ee about middlers of said country. It's just that red thing i'm talking about. ok. I'll stop.

Spencer L Casey said...

I'm all over "Tomorrow is another day." But the middle of that bit bugs me. "Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back."

Really? Come on S.O. you're young, intelligent, beautiful and have amazing tenacity. He's just not that into you.

LOL! Sorry. I'm entertaining my tired mind.

Cheers,

SLC

April @ Random said...

Dislike the Palin/Scarlett comparison, but must say I am a HUGE GWTW fan as well.

Read the book 5 times, seen the movie 56 times. Crazy, I know.

Just went to Atlanta and Jonesboro to see the museums, etc. Check out my post of photos:
aprilatrandom.blogspot.com

April
@aprilrueber