Gone With the Wind (1939), the highest-grossing film of all time, is sometimes dismissed as a reactionary popular romance.
- Interrogating such dismissals and hailing the film's vast ambition and astonishing production values, Helen Taylor explores its influence on film-makers, popularity with generations of audiences, and impact on everyday language. Arguing that the film, with its disturbing racial politics, set the agenda for more than a century's film representations of slavery and the Civil War, Taylor shows how it has been engaged with and challenged since - from the mini-series Roots (1977) to 12 Years a Slave (2014).
- Drawing on new archival material about Vivien Leigh and seventy-five years of scholarship and popular culture references, Taylor makes the case for the film's classic status
This BFI Film Classics special edition features original cover artwork by HelloVon.
Published: November 2015
Size (cm): 14 x 19 x 0.5
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