Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gone With The Wind... Still Going.

Almost everyone has heard of it even if they have not seen it. Its timeless and we all know its a classic, so there isn't much point questioning, analysing or supporting it.
When talking about a film like Gone With The Wind, the only worthwhile point that deserves attention is, how entertaining is it today? How engaging is the drama when plucked out of its era and placed in front of people who weren't even born when the idea was concieved.
Year 1939 was quiet a while ago. Times have changed, styles have evolved, technology has achieved further finesse and taste and mindset of the audience has possibly seen a 360 degree shift into a totally new dimension.
So, is this piece of classic fable-ish cinema still as engaging as it was 70 years ago?

The answere is an emphatic yes.
Gone With The Wind is a terrific entertainment package that will titillate and entertain the 2020 techie as easily as the 1940 grandpa. For the writers seeking to perfect their art, here is an example of a script line that exploits the simplest way to keep the audience engrossed. Continuous ups and downs. Its simple, and its been done almost to perfection.

The story is about being human and its about a better tomorrow, always. Its cocky yet charming, its immoral yet respectable, and its tragic yet full of life, hope and effervescence.
Although one may also call it a highly evolved chick flick of its era, and those who don’t love romance movies will not really dig it much, theres a strong male element in the movie that keeps it a fairly unisex consumption commodity.
It has a fable like feel and is set in a semi imaginary era and backdrop. The main story is about a girl called Scarlette O Hara, playes to perfection by Vivien Leigh, who embodies and gives a grand meaning to the phrase "complexity of women". Life attempts to tame Scarlette throughout the film, but she has a spirit that makes her bounce back everytime she is cornered. Her character grows beautifully from someone you may hate to someone you will love.
Never tamed by life but finally tamed by Rhett Butler, Scarlette’s story doesn’t end even after the movie ends. Rhett is an amazing character, full of male ego, chivalry, shrewdness and parental affection and has been performed powerfully by Clark Gable.
Only a Rhett could love a Scarlette and be loved in turn.

Also, as the movie is very strongly driven by the story, we must spare a moment for the author, Margaret Mitchelle, on whose book this movie is based. I have not read the book, but I am sure the detailed character sketch would have helped the film makers and actors a lot.

The movie is long but never boring. So be ready with enough chips, drinks and other goodies before you sit down to relish this wonderful piece of timeless cinema.