The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind

The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind

Christopher Plummer
Director: David Hinton Cast: Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
, Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
, Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead
David Hinton

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This made-for-cable documentary traces the filming of the imperishable classic Gone with the Wind, from its inception to its triumphant Atlanta premiere in December of 1939. Filmmaker David Hinton interviews as many survivors of the experience as he's able to round up, but the main attraction of this film is its precious "test" clips. We watch a montage of screen tests of the many actresses considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, ranging from such front-runners as Paulette Goddard to such not-a-chancers as Lana Turner. The Goddard footage is particularly enjoyable as we watch her eagerly reciting the lines of all the characters as she auditions for Scarlett. The documentary also turns up several tantalizing bits of trivia, notably the fact that the film was shown to a preview audience with an entirely different musical score (portions of which are played on the soundtrack). There is, of course, very little suspense involved in Making of a Legend, but even those who've heard all the Gone With the Wind factoids from other sources will watch in fascination as the saga unfolds. This documentary was produced by David Selznick's sons, and written by iconoclastic movie historian David Thomson.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
UPC: 0883929094691
Original Release: 1989
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:04:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Plummer Narrator
Jean Arthur Actor
Tallulah Bankhead Actor
Joan Bennett Actor
Ward Bond Actor
Fred Crane Actor
George Cukor Actor
Olivia de Havilland Actor
Melvyn Douglas Actor
Victor Fleming Actor
Clark Gable Actor
Paulette Goddard Actor
Leslie Howard Actor
Evelyn Keyes Actor
Carole Lombard Actor
Hattie McDaniel Actor
Butterfly McQueen Actor
Margaret Mitchell Actor
Thomas Mitchell Actor
Ona Munson Actor
Laurence Olivier Actor
George Reeves Actor
Ann Rutherford Actor
David O. Selznick Actor
Lana Turner Actor
Sam Wood Actor

Technical Credits
David Hinton Director
L. Jeffrey Selznick Executive Producer
Daniel Mayer Selznick Executive Producer
David Thomson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
1. Introduction and Credits [2:36]
2. David O. Selznick [4:04]
3. Margaret Mitchell [3:49]
4. Buying the Book [2:56]
5. Director and Writer [2:40]
6. Casting Scarlett and Rhett [4:57]
7. Recreating the South [4:02]
8. High-Stakes Gamble [4:41]
9. Put to the Rest [4:58]
10. Front Runner [2:34]
11. Vivien Leigh [3:55]
12. Meet Your Scarlett [4:31]
13. Final Four [2:47]
14. Supporting Cast [3:44]
15. Social Conventions [2:25]
16. Final Preparations [2:11]
17. Principal Photography Begins [2:43]
18. Complaints [3:11]
19. Cukor Quits [2:08]
20. New Director and Writer [3:22]
21. Memos [4:52]
22. Near the Breaking Point [4:18]
23. Reinforcements [4:23]
24. To the Utmost Limits [5:29]
25. Special Effects [5:25]
26. Sneak Preview [5:00]
27. Scoring and Lab Work [3:58]
28. Giving a Damn [1:40]
29. Atlanta Premiere [6:59]
30. Academy Awards [3:59]
31. Scarlett Legend [4:31]
32. End Credits [4:13]

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