Gone with the Wind remains as one of the best films to showcase the effect of American Civil War. The film remains monumental beyond the criticism. It showcased an excellent woman Scarlett who holds her head high while she flirts with her many admirers but her heart only goes out for Asley Wikes who rejects her and instead marries her cousin. What keeps the character of Scarlet so charismatic is her determination and industriousness when she decided to restore her father’s plantation , Tara.
Director Victor Flemming’s Gone with the wind is an adaptation of the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. The film brings more to the story everytime we couldn’t see any ray of hope for the Scarlet. She made her way out and with the help of another magnetic character of Rhett. Even after denying her feelings for Rhett, she falls for him in the end. Whereas Rhett has emerged as a conventional man who will be too sweet to impress others.
The film had received positive reviews after its release leading to 13 nominations at the 12th Academy awards. It got ten Academy Awards(right were competitive and two were Honorary) including the Best picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress. The film’s popularity grew as it released and became the highest grossing film in history. It has been selected as the top ten of the American Film institute. The United States Library of Congress decided to preserve it in the National Film Registry.
Though the film has come under scanning again during the Black Lives Matter movement as they portrayed the Mammy as a black actress. Though she won Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress. But this portrayal symbolises the differentiation between the African -American and their subdued loyalty towards the white masters.