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The Making of Gone With the Wind

The Making of Gone With the Wind
 
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To commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2014, The Making of Gone With The Wind presents more than 600 rarely seen items from the David O. Selznick archive—including on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, audition footage, restored costumes, and Selznick's infamous memos—offering fans and film historians alike a must-have behind-the-camera view of the production of this classic movie.

Before a single frame of film was shot, Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy.

There were serious concerns about how the film would depict race and violence in the Old South during the Civil War and Reconstruction. While Clark Gable was almost everyone's choice to play Rhett Butler, there was no clear favorite for Scarlett O'Hara. And then there was the huge challenge of turning Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winning epic into a manageable screenplay and producing it at a reasonable cost.

The Making of Gone With The Wind
tells these and other surprising stories. This inside view of the decisions and creative choices that shaped the production reaffirm that Gone With The Wind is perhaps the quintessential film of Hollywood's Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial decades after it was released.

The David O. Selznick archive resides at the Harry Ransom Center.