Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited (Hardcover)

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How and why has the saga of Scarlett O'Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our national imagination for almost three-quarters of a century? In the first book ever to deal simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel and David Selznick's spectacular film version of Gone with the Wind, film critic Molly Haskell seeks the answers. By all industry predictions, the film should never have worked. What makes it work so amazingly well are the fascinating and uncompromising personalities that Haskell dissects here: Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivien Leigh. As a feminist and onetime Southern adolescent, Haskell understands how the story takes on different shades of meaning according to the age and eye of the beholder. She explores how it has kept its edge because of Margaret Mitchell's (and our) ambivalence about Scarlett and because of the complex racial and sexual attitudes embedded in a story that at one time or another has offended almost everyone.

Haskell imaginatively weaves together disparate strands, conducting her story as her own inner debate between enchantment and disenchantment. Sensitive to the ways in which history and cinema intersect, she reminds us why these characters, so riveting to Depression audiences, continue to fascinate 70 years later.

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ISBN 9780300117523
Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Format Hardcover
Pages 244
Publisher Date 2009-02-24 00:00:00.0
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2009
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.96 lb
Language English
Subtitle Gone With the Wind Revisited
Series Name Icons of America
Audience College/higher education
Authors Haskell, Molly
Country of Origin United States

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