“Gone With the Wind” is no lengthier absent from HBO Max, possessing been restored to the streaming service’s library with a new prologue about the film’s problematic themes and depictionof the antebellum South.
Jacqueline Stewart, host of TCM’s “Silent Sunday Nights” and a professor in the Section of Cinema and Media Reports at the University of Chicago, qualified prospects the 4 ½-minute intro, which begins off with a common cinematic lesson — recounting the eight Academy Awards (together with for Most effective Image) gained in 1939 by the “highly anticipated” adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, as perfectly as its inflation-altered standing as the maximum-grossing motion picture of all time.
Then, Stewart acknowledges that the film “was not universally praised,” observing as it “paints the image of the antebellum South as a ‘romantic, idyllic environment that’s tragically been misplaced to the earlier.’”
Stewart notes how producer David O. Selznick certain the NAACP at the time that he was “sensitive to the thoughts of minority peoples,” however proceeded to produce a movie that depicts a “world of grace and elegance, with out acknowledging the brutalities of the method of chattel slavery upon which this globe is based.” Stewart states that “the cure of this environment by the lens of nostalgia denies the horrors of slavery as nicely its legacies of racial inequality.”
Stewart concedes that while viewing “Gone With the Wind” “can be unpleasant, even unpleasant,” “it is important that vintage Hollywood films are obtainable to us in their initial form” to “invite viewers to replicate on their very own beliefs when viewing them now.”
“’Gone With the Wind,’ with its landmark manufacturing values, signature scenes and iconic people has formed the way generations have pictured slavery and the reconstruction period of time that adopted,” she states in summary. “It is not only a main document of Hollywood’s racist procedures of the earlier, but also an enduring operate of well known culture that speaks immediately to the racial inequalities that persist in media and modern society right now.”