Gone with the Wind

Book cover: 'Gone with the Wind'
Warner Brothers
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This beloved story of the Old South and its disappearance is one of the great classic movies of all times. It's a very healthy thing for Americans, who predominantly side with the North, to at least have some understanding of the South. This movie isn't a bad place to start. Aside from its historical significance, it is a complex story of love, generosity, hate and thick-headedness. It's the sort of movie I can watch numerous times (like Casablanca) and get a little more out of it each time. The main characters do a lot of despicable things and, while the morality of the story in its entirety is sound, it's probably too complex for young children who might be inclined, for example, to take Scarlett's side in every issue. There are also tricky issues of war, adultery, fornication and prostitution that are touched upon in the story, although these are handled quite delicately (particularly in comparison to more modern movies). An older child (particularly a well-read one) in upper grade school or high school will probably wish for Scarlett to behave otherwise and admire the fine qualities in Melanie (who at first seems foolishly trusting of other people, but is seen in the end to be both wiser and more loving). By the way, I disagree with the "G" rating on this movie. I think today it would probably get a "PG" rating.

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Rated G, 233 min., Color

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Lesie Howard, Olivia de Havilland et al.

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