Friday, December 25, 2009

Gone with the Wind (1939) (5th time?)

The biggest epic movie & love story of all times, a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Nominated for 13 Oscars (+2 extra technical awards):

Best Picture (WINNER)
Best Director: Victor Fleming (WINNER)
Best Actor: Clark Gable
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh (WINNER)
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia De Havilland
Best Supporting Actress: Hattie McDaniel (WINNER)
Best Writing, Screenplay (WINNER)
Best Music, Original Score
Best Cinematography, Color (WINNER)
Best Editing (WINNER)
Best Art Direction (WINNER)
Best Sound
Best Special Effects

Christmas Day proved to be the perfect opportunity to revisit THE classic; seen it all at once today, the whole 4 hours... It was the most pleasant marathon :) What can you say about your favorite movie? Not much... It's so good and I have the most respect for it. I'm also aware it's a very subjective choice because it's always the most pleasant sit-through. I am not gonna search for flaws.
The direction, screenplay, technical part and especially Vivien Leigh's historical performance: all there. You need to see one of the many making of documentaries to realize how perfect Vivien's casting was. Truly one of the best female performances ever, and the juiciest role an actress could get. It's a character that had a big influence on my emotional development over the years (it's true, and I'm actually not saying it was a good influence) so I feel deeply connected to it.
In case you were wondering why no costume nomination, it's because the category didn't exist back then; cause GWTW offers some of the best costume design seen on film... those Scarlett dresses: movie magic... There no point in me talking more about it, praising it. Those who've seen it and like it, know what I mean, the charm that takes you over; it's like a secret whose full elements I'm keeping for myself.
My rating for the film: 10/10. Obviously; and it stays there as a solid no. 1 for me. This really is the biggest epic movie and also the 12th Best Picture winner. That's why it's time to recap all the Best Picture winners so far in a ranking:
Special Best Picture Ranking
You might know of my slow attempt to see (or see again) all Best Picture winners. And because now I'm done with the 20s and 30s, it's time to rank the first 12 winners before moving on:
from Best to Worst, here they are:
1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
2. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
4. It Happened One Night (1934)
5. Wings (1927-28)
6. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
7. Grand Hotel (1932)
8. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
9. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
10. The Broadway Melody (1929)
11. Cimarron (1931)
12. Cavalcade (1933)
The movies ranked from 9 to 12 are totally useless winners, a shame in Oscar's history. The winner was very easy for me, because of obvious reasons. But the next 4 movies were very hard to rank, each with scenes/elements making them unique and special: either the class acting from Mutiny, the dramatic touch of Western Front, the comedic easiness of Happened One Night or the surprisingly stunning visual of Wings. You can find my comments on these movies just by going down the page or to the labels on the right.
I will slowly drag myself through the 40s in the next months :)


  1. I've seen G.W.T.W like 6 or 7 times. Love it too!

  2. My favourite movie of all time too! Its funny, it is such a long movie, yet it is my most watched film! I think I have spent a good chunk of my life watching GWTW!

  3. It's down to Gone With the Wind and It Happened One Night, although I haven't seen many 5, 8-12

  4. Congratulations for your whole work with the blogs. Great reviews, nice structure. I adored it and I couldn't stop scrolling down.
    George from Greece

  5. well, George from Greece, thank you! :) the blogs are fun to do and a great escape from daily life.

    and Athens has been my home town for 4 months now, but i'll leave soon. fun to be here

  6. I suppose it is... At least reading them. :P
    I live in Athens too so I know about that kinda fun. :S

  7. George, i kind of suspect where you found the links for my blogs.

    If that's the case, you might also leave a message there :) and i might check it tomorrow.

    thanks anyway for the nice comments

  8. I don't communicate with people through there. I don't even use it. but yes, it's not hard to say where I found the links. Check my fb page and I can send a msg.

  9. sorry, man, I don't have a facebook account, so i can't see anything :)

    Happy New Year! by the way! 6 minutes ago

  10. Happy new year! Just back home and checking mails... and as you can see "all" mails... :P! Sorry, just a bit dizzy from all that night stuff. Any way to pm you?

  11. this is so silly :) it's hardly gonna work, right?

    anyway: write an e-mail first with ur skype or msn.

    the mail address is:

    if i won't reply, it means u typed it wrong. :)