There is no use denying its areas of greatness. But even taking into consideration the time the film was made, the treatment of plantation life scars GWTW. The film deals with the question of slavery by largely ignoring it. The horrors of slavery simply don’t exist in Gone with the Wind. Its treatment (or lack of same) of slavery is only tolerable if you don’t think about it (and the film pretty much doesn't think about it).
Epic. Long. Famous lines! Vivien Leigh. Obviously, it can't be argued that this is one of the most important films ever made, and calling it an epic doesn't really do it justice. Still, the melodrama is out of control and 4 hours... really?
I enjoyed it for the beautiful visuals and the interesting dynamic between the two main characters. Unfortunately the sanitized depiction of the Old South is really creepy and keeps the film from being great.
Frankly, I don't give a damn. I still think this epic film is worth a watch for the wonderful cinematography and watching Vivien Leigh trying to remain professional while Clark Gable is breathing and sweating alcohol stench all over her. Bwah ha ha ha ha!
On the one hand, it's epic human drama with compelling characters and marvelous performances. The four hours swept past in no time. But I cannot forgive the racism. I cannot forgive the romanticizing of the Old South, the glorification of the Confederation, the cartoon caricatures, the suggestion that slavery was not that bad. I cannot forgive a film which presents a cotton plantation as a symbol of hope and glory.
I like Scarlett O'Hara, the music and the very detailed production values, but this is a film that I won't be returning. It wasn't the revisionist history and the glorification of the Old South, but it was just to damn long, and not that good as a whole. There were great moments(When they are escaping Atlanta and return to Tara, Scarlett and Reth talk in the middle of the night) but there wasn't that much to it.
There is so much wrong with this movie. Politicaly incorrect, offensive and just around 4hours. But besides all that, Gone With The Wind still kicks 21st century epic's ass. ... The a-typical love story, the sets, and the patience they have on telling this entire adventure. ... Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and especially Hattie McDaniel are brilliant.
While it contains some good individual moments (not to mention great sets and gorgeous colors), I quickly soured on the experience as a whole. I'm supposed to care about these slave-owning, war-hungry, selfish people? I truly can't imagine how anyone could watch this racist and melodramatic romancey trash that takes 4 hours to go nowhere and think "American classic!".
I don't know if I'm just too silly to like Gone with the Wind, but I don't think it was boring at any point. Sure, at some points it's too bombastic and it surely suffers from all its grandiosity from time to time, but it's still an excellent film overall.