One of my favorite all time movies is Gone With The Wind (aka GWTW). I was raised on that movie, having read the book back when I was in middle school. Luckily for me, it’s a TV staple that comes on every year and whenever I get the chance, I watch it, even if it’s only in bits and pieces. Because it’s a long 4 hour movie so watching it in its entirety is a time commitment.
Recently GWTW had been released for a limited viewing on the big screen in honor of its 80th anniversary. My cousin and I went to see it and it was lovely! Seated in a quiet theater, we watched the movie in its entirety while snacking on popcorn.
What a difference watching it makes on the big screen as opposed to television. While I held back from reciting every line by heart aloud (because after watching it so many times I can!), I just sat back and enjoyed it.
I never tire of watching this movie. It’s been a staple in my life for years. As my Mom is from the South, there are ties that remind me even though that wasn’t her era. I love the complexity of the characters and their relationships and how they evolve. Scarlett has been my favorite character my whole life. Her resilience has given me strength. Her relationship with Rhett, though complicated, touched my soul. The humanness of her character, the wholeness in which she was not perfect, did regrettable things and yet did what needed to be done to help her family adds to my understanding of her. While Melanie was a kinder, more loving soul, she touched me as well for she understood Scarlett with all of her foibles. While I may lean more towards Scarlett, it is Melanie whom I strive to be in life. Someone who understands the loving humanness of those around her and someone who keeps her rose-colored glasses on because she loves with her whole heart.
I could go on and on about GWTW and how my viewing has evolved from a young girl first watching it to a woman of a certain age with experiences and choices that now resonate certain parts of the characters with me that didn’t in years past.
Have you ever seen Gone With The Wind? Are you a big fan as I am? Have you ever seen it on the big screen? It is even more magical on the big screen for sure!