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  1. Cathy M

    74 years? That just doesn’t seem possible. This is one of my rainy day movies that I watch about once a year.

    • I don’t think I watch it once a year…but I do watch it every now and again. I read it more often than I watch it now. I know the movie dialogue too well, alas.

  2. Tracy, when I was a kid I completely failed to understand why Rhett was acting the way he was. Why was he saying he didn’t give a damn, if he loved her? Course, I didn’t understand the implications of him literally sweeping her off her feet and carrying her upstairs, or why she was so happy the next day. :)

    • There were moments the movie did really well…like her purring like a kitten the next morning. And there are moments the movie totally lost, like Rhett’s genuine rage at his own helplessness when Scarlett visits him in jail wearing her mother’s curtains and asking him to help her save Tara. I had the good fortune to have read the book over and over before I got to see the movie, even as a kid (I grew up without film or television), so finally seeing many of the key scenes played out on celluloid wasn’t quite the let down it could have been. I first saw it when I was about twelve…and the book explained all the stuff the film didn’t.

      I still find even these days that when a film I like has a book that isn’t a film tie-in, I’ll read it to pick up the extra depths of character and nuances the film didn’t show. It’s usually well worth the effort.

      t.