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!Gio!
Nov 25th, 2006, 11:40 AM
What are some movies that you think will stand the test of time?
What do the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Braveheart, The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind, Rain Man, Forest Gump, Casablanca, Dangerous Liaisons, Dances With Wolves, Crash all have in common. Well in my opinion those are some of the movies that will ultimately stand the test of time.
There are movies that represent the decade, the style of cinema, the people and the issues that many generations have gone trough.
What movies do you think will be remembered in years and why?

There are many but I will start with The Color Purple
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The Color Purple is the 9th film directed by Steven Spielberg in 1985. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The film tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie and shows the problems faced by African American women during the early 1900's; including poverty, racism and sex discrimination. The character Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions.
Taking place in the south during the early 1900s, the film follows the life of a poor African American girl, Celie (Goldberg), whose abuse begins when she is young. By the time she is fourteen she has already had two children by her father, who she later finds out is her step-father. Celie is forced to marry a man in town who she calls "Mister" (Glover). "Mister" makes Celie feel she is unworthy of love and happiness. He continuously beats her, rapes her, and makes her take care of his children and the chores around the house from the beginning of their relationship. She becomes very close to Mister’s ex-lover Shug (Avery) and forms a close relationship with her. In the book this was clearly a lesbian love relationship, but the film does not make that clear. Celie also finds companionship in Sofia (Winfrey) who is a woman who once was also abused by the men in her life. Through the strength of her two friends, Celie develops into a confident woman who realizes she is worthy of love.
The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actress for Goldberg and Best Supporting Actress for both Avery and Winfrey) but saw none of them awarded. The big Oscar winner that year was instead the colonial drama Out of Africa, a twist which some considered proof of racial bias in Hollywood. There was also controversy in Hollywood when Spielberg himself failed to be nominated as Best Director, although he was awarded the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award.

Other critics pointed to the controversy that occurred during the production of the film as the reason for it getting snubbed by the Academy. Some African American civil rights leaders were upset that the film was being directed by Spielberg, who had no personal or professional experience to draw on while producing a film based on a book that digs very deeply into being a disadvantaged, and abused, black woman that finds empowerment and love through her relationship with another woman. Many feminist and gay critics were upset that Spielberg felt the need to interject humor into the film (reducing Celie's abuse to an 'aw shucks' battle of the sexes) and turning the lesbian love into platonic female bonding.
Academy Award nominations
Best Picture
Best Actress - Whoopi Goldberg
Best Supporting Actress - Margaret Avery
Best Supporting Actress - Oprah Winfrey
Best Adapted Screenplay - Menno Meyjes
Best Song - "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)"
Best Original Score - Quincy Jones
Best Cinematography - Allen Daviau
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration - Michael Riva, Bo Welch, Linda DeScenna
Best Costume Design - Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Best Makeup - Ken Chase

[edit] Golden Globes Wins
Best Actress (Drama) - Whoopi Goldberg :worship: :worship:

[edit] Golden Globes Nominations
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director - Steven Spielberg
Best Supporting Actress - Oprah Winfrey
Best Original Score - Quincy Jones

This movie was such a huge impact. No matter what age you are when you watch it, you will have a favorite part that you will remember always. The plot is intriguing and the acting is wonderful. Danny Glover and Whoppi Goldberg definitely shine. Oprah Winfrey is at her best acting ever and Margaret Avery stand out. The Color Purple is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker (one of my faves). The Color Purple covers many issues important to understanding African-American life during the early 20th century. Its main theme is the position of black women in society, as the lowest of the low, both because of gender and color. Its definately one of the movies that should have definately won Best Picture (altough I love Out of Africa and that is one of my favorites as well). The Color Purple is a story about incredible hardships but also the story of how love and forgiveness can redeem. It's a miracle that such an unconventional story even made it to the big screen.

Hopefully more people will see this beautiful rendition of an equally impressive novel. The emotions,struggles and love shown are universal. :worship: I love it. I love it. I love it.

Sam L
Nov 25th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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^^^ I own this. :)

!<blocparty>!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:01 PM
:lol: Crash will absolutely NOT stand the test of time.

A few:

The Shawshank Redemption.
Hannibal.
The Silence of the Lambs.
Chicago.

!Gio!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:02 PM
http://www.laserdisken.dk/billeder/forsidealm/11410318112196105.jpg

^^^ I own this. :)

yup definately one of the movies that will stand the test of time. This is a Cinema classic that everyone should experience.;)
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. It went on to win nine Academy Awards, and has been dubbed by the American Film Institute as fourth in the top 100 American films of the 20th Century. As of 2006, Gone With the Wind is the highest grossing film in box-office history, adjusted for inflation.[1]


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The film also resulted in an important moment in African-American history: Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time a black person won an Oscar.

The story opens on a large cotton plantation named Tara in rural Georgia in 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War. Scarlett O’Hara is the eldest of three daughters of Irish immigrant Gerald O’Hara and his wife Ellen. She is seemingly sought after by every young man in the county, except the refined Ashley Wilkes, for whom Scarlett longs. She is upset to hear of Ashley’s imminent engagement to his cousin Melanie Hamilton, to be announced the next day at a barbecue at his family’s home, the nearby plantation Twelve Oaks.

At Twelve Oaks, she notices she is being admired by a handsome but roguish visitor, Rhett Butler, who had been disowned by his Charleston family. Rhett finds himself in further disfavor among the male guests when, during a discussion of the probability of war, he states that the South has no chance against the superior numbers and industrial might of the North.

When Scarlett is alone with Ashley, she confesses her love for him. He admits he finds Scarlett attractive, but says that he and the gentle Melanie are more compatible. She accuses Ashley of misleading her and slaps him in anger, which is heightened when she realizes that Rhett has overheard the whole conversation. “Sir, you are no gentleman!” she protests, to which he replies, “And you, miss, are no lady!”

The barbecue is disrupted by the announcement that war has broken out, and the men rush to enlist. As Scarlett watches Ashley kiss Melanie goodbye, Melanie’s shy young brother Charles, with whom Scarlett had been innocently flirting, asks for her hand in marriage before he goes. She consents, they are married, and she is just as quickly widowed when Charles dies not in battle, but of pneumonia.

Scarlett's mother sends her to the Hamilton home in Atlanta to cheer her up, although the O’Haras' outspoken housemaid Mammy tells Scarlett she knows she is going there “like a spider”, waiting for Ashley’s return. Scarlett and Melanie attend a charity ball in Atlanta, where Rhett makes a surprise appearance, now a heroic blockade runner for the Confederacy. Scarlett shocks Atlanta society by accepting his bid for a dance, even though she is still in mourning. While they dance, Rhett tells her of his intention to win her, which she says will never happen.

The tide of war turns against the Confederacy, and Scarlett makes another appeal to Ashley’s heart while he is visiting on Christmas furlough. But eight months later, as the city is being besieged by the Union Army in the Battle of Atlanta, Melanie goes into a premature and difficult labor, and Scarlett must deliver the child herself. Rhett appears with a horse and wagon to take them out of the city, including a perilous ride through the burning depot and warehouse district. He leaves her with a kiss on the road to Tara, which she repays with a slap, to his bemusement, as he goes off to enlist with the Confederate Army.

On her journey back home, she finds Twelve Oaks burned out and deserted. She is relieved to find Tara still standing, but learns that her mother has just died, and her father's mind has begun to crumble under the strain. With Tara pillaged by Union troops, and the fields untended, Scarlett vows she will do anything for the survival of her family and herself: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

Scarlett sets her family and servants to picking the cotton fields. She also fatally shoots a Union deserter who threatens her during a burglary, and finds gold coins in his haversack. With the defeat of the Confederacy and war's end, Ashley returns from being a prisoner of war. Mammy restrains Scarlett from running to him when he reunites with Melanie. The dispirited Ashley finds he is of little help to Tara, and when Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her and kisses her passionately, but says he cannot leave Melanie.

Gerald O'Hara dies after he is thrown from his horse while chasing a Yankee carpetbagger off his property. Scarlett is left to care for the family, and realizes she can't pay the taxes on Tara. She knows that Rhett is in Atlanta. Believing he is still rich, she has Mammy make an elaborate gown for her from her mother’s drapes. But upon her visit, Rhett tells her his foreign bank accounts have been blocked, and that her attempt to get his money has been in vain. However, as she departs, she encounters her sister’s fiancé, the middle-aged Frank Kennedy, who now owns a successful general store and lumber mill.

Soon Scarlett is Mrs. Frank Kennedy. She becomes a hard-headed businesswoman, willing to trade with the despised Yankees and use prison laborers in her mill. When Ashley is about to take a job offer with a bank in the north, Scarlett preys on his weakness by weeping that she needs him to help run the mill; pressured by the sympathetic Melanie, he relents. One day, after Scarlett is attacked while driving alone through a nearby shantytown, Frank, Ashley, and others make a night raid on the shantytown. Ashley is wounded in a melee with Union troops, and Frank is killed.

With Frank’s funeral barely over, Rhett visits Scarlett and proposes marriage. Scarlett is aghast at his poor taste, but takes him up on his offer. After a honeymoon in New Orleans, Rhett promises to restore Tara, while Scarlett builds the biggest and most crassly opulent mansion in Atlanta. A daughter, Bonnie, is born. Rhett adores her as a less spoiled version of her mother, and does everything to win the good opinion of Atlanta society for his daughter’s sake. Scarlett, still pining for Ashley, lets Rhett know that she wants no more children. In anger, he kicks open the door that separates their bedrooms to show her that he will decide that.

When visiting the mill one day, Scarlett listens to a nostalgic Ashley wish for the simpler days of old that are now gone, and when she consoles him with an embrace, they are spied by two gossips. Scarlett’s reputation is again sullied, but Melanie refuses to believe in the rumors, and invites her to Ashley’s birthday party. Afterwards, a drunken Rhett tells her he will make her forget Ashley, and sweeps her up the stairs in his arms, telling her, "This is one night you're not turning me out." She awakens the next morning with the look of guilty pleasure, but Rhett returns to apologize for his behavior and offer a divorce. When he returns from a visit to London with Bonnie, Scarlett tells him resentfully that she is pregnant again. After Rhett tells her to "cheer up. Maybe you'll have an 'accident,'" Scarlett lunges at him and, when he steps out of the way, falls down the grand staircase of their home and miscarries.

As Scarlett recovers, and Rhett attempts a reconciliation, young Bonnie, as impulsive as her grandfather, dies in a fall from her pony when she attempts to jump a fence. Scarlett and Rhett are devastated and exchange recriminations over her death. Melanie visits to comfort them, but then collapses in labor from a pregnancy she was warned could kill her. On her death bed, she asks Scarlett to look after Ashley for her, as Scarlett had looked after her for Ashley. Scarlett realizes that Melanie had known all along about her and Ashley, but was too good-hearted to think ill of her. With her dying breath, Melanie also tells Scarlett to be kind to Rhett, that he loves her. Outside, Ashley collapses in tears, helpless without his wife. Only then does Scarlett realize that she never could have meant anything to him, and that she had loved something that never really existed.

She runs home to find Rhett packing to leave her, saying it is too late to salvage their marriage. She begs him not to leave, telling him she realizes now that she had loved him all along, that she never really loved Ashley. Rhett tells her that as long as there was Bonnie, whom he could spoil and love unconditionally, as he wished he could with Scarlett, there was a chance that they could have been happy, but now that chance was gone.

As Rhett walks out the door, she begs him, "Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?" He answers, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and turns away. She sits on her stairs and weeps in despair, "What is there that matters?" She then recalls the voice of her father Gerald: "Land's the only thing that matters, it's the only thing that lasts." And Ashley: "Something you love better than me, though you may not know it. Tara." And Rhett: "It's from this you get your strength, the red earth of Tara."

Hope lights Scarlett's face: "Tara! Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!" And in the final scene, Scarlett stands once more, resolute, before Tara.:worship:

!Gio!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:06 PM
:lol: Crash will absolutely NOT stand the test of time.

A few:

The Shawshank Redemption.
Hannibal.
The Silence of the Lambs.
Chicago.

It has a better chance than Hannibal:lol: , altough I do like The Silence of the Lambs, that is a classic.
Anyway Crash won best picture and dealt with some amazing issues in our world today so ultimately I think it will stand the test of time. Its an important Picture. With that being said, Brokeback Mountain is an amazing film and also deserved the oscar last year.

!<blocparty>!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:12 PM
It has a better chance than Hannibal:lol: , altough I do like The Silence of the Lambs, that is a classic.
Anyway Crash won best picture and dealt with some amazing issues in our world today so ultimately I think it will stand the test of time. Its an important Picture. With that being said, Brokeback Mountain is an amazing film and also deserved the oscar last year.

Just because a film is good and won an Oscar doesn't mean it will automatically stand the test of time. :p Anyway let's not get into another WTAW Crash debate. (trust me... before you came last year we had page after PAGE of Crash v. Brokeback :o:tape: )

I should have said the Hannibal Lecter trilogy rather than individual films.

kabuki
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:12 PM
Spiceworld, for sure! Hai-see-yaaa-hold-tight!!!

XaDavK_Kapri
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:13 PM
The Shawshank Redemption
Moulin Rouge
Midnight Express
In The Name Of The Father

They're timeless for me anyway.

!<blocparty>!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:17 PM
Spiceworld, for sure! Hai-see-yaaa-hold-tight!!!

Ooooooh God they were amazing (http://youtube.com/watch?v=1YB_nPiLdIU) :awww::hearts:

!Gio!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Ofcorse I have to add The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a trilogy by my favorite author of all time(Tolkien) and a great tribute by Peter Jackson.
This is my generations's epic Trilogy. It will be remembered as one of the greatest moments in Cinema History.
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The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action fantasy epic films; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). For simplicity, the titles are often abbreviated to 'LOTR', with 'FOTR', 'TTT' and 'ROTK' for each of the respective films.[1]

Set in Middle-earth, the three films follow the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and with it, ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship breaks and Frodo continues his quest with loyal Sam and the treacherous Gollum. The heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, Aragorn, and the Wizard Gandalf must also unite the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring, as Sauron rises once more to reclaim his prize with the Wizard Saruman.

Peter Jackson directed the movies, which were released by New Line Cinema. The trilogy is based on the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and follows its general storyline, despite some major deviations. Considered to be the biggest movie project ever undertaken with an overall budget of $270 million, the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand.

The trilogy was a huge financial success, with the films being the 11th, 5th and 2nd most successful of all time respectively. Critically acclaimed, they won 17 Academy Awards in total, as well as praise for the cast and groundbreaking practical and digital special effects.[2][3][4] Each film also had popular Special Extended Editions (SEE), released a year after the theatrical release on DVD.

!Gio!
Nov 25th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Spiceworld, for sure! Hai-see-yaaa-hold-tight!!!


If that movie stands the test of time and represents cinema than it is in big big trouble:help: :smash: , maybe it will be remembered as one of the worst movies along with Swept Away, Glitter and Gigli.

Nah its not as bad as Gigly or Glitter nothing is.

Viktymise
Nov 25th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Wizard Of Oz
Charlie And the Chocolate Factory (original of course ;)
Psycho
The Shining



and btw Gigli didnt deserve all the flak it got, yes it was'nt great but iv seen worse to honest :p

Kart
Nov 25th, 2006, 01:56 PM
Spiceworld, for sure! Hai-see-yaaa-hold-tight!!!

:worship: :worship: :worship:

It's a modern day classic.

Especially that high budget special effects bit with the bus jumping over the bridge.

tfannis
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:18 PM
What's everybody's obsession with The Color Purple? :shrug: Great book, but pretty average movie imo :o

I love movie threads :drool: Hard but good question Gorgo :yeah:

I think the Kill Bills are here to stay, and everything else Tarantino made. :)
The Lion King is like Bambi me thinks, no matter when you were born, you'll watch it one day (Although I must say I was not too fond of Bambi, but I had the feeling I HAD to see it :angel: )
And Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain is also already a classic. I'm sure it will last for ages :) (because of its simplicity, because it's universal and because it's very *very* beautifuly filmed :worship: )

M2k
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:30 PM
As in world wide...or just in American Cinema ? :confused: because if it in the world of film then "Gone with the Wind", "The Wizard of OZ", and "Lord of the Rings" are the only ones I can think from the many choices people have given. I would add "Bambi" , "Casablanca" , and "Schindler's List".

BlazeII
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:32 PM
The Parent Trap - Lindsey Lohan
Watching it right now

Sister Act I and II

Coming to America

martina83
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:35 PM
Definately the Wizard of Oz!!! I love this movie. I feel bad that it never won any awards because it came out the same year as Gone of the Wind.

skanky~skanketta
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:45 PM
corny, but Titanic.

propi
Nov 25th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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darrinbaker00
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:05 PM
My top five:

1. THE GODFATHER (Leave the gun. Take the canoli.)
2. Imitation of Life (the 1959 version with Lana Turner and Juanita Brown)
3. Rocky (if only Stallone would have stopped with this one)
4. The Color Purple (Whoopi, Oprah, Spielberg and Quincy Jones should have won Oscars for this film. PERIOD.)
5. Star Wars (if anyone but James Earl Jones had been the voice of Darth Vader, there wouldn't have been a second movie, much less a sixth)

7~ŒLêV3ñ½
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Titanic
Greenmile
Shawshank Redemption
Starwars
A Roman Holiday

GrassGOAT
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:24 PM
I agree with propi's post, especially "All About My Mother", "Goodbye Lenin" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" :D

BUBI
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:24 PM
Deep Throat (1972).

The Daviator
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Ofcorse I have to add The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a trilogy by my favorite author of all time(Tolkien) and a great tribute by Peter Jackson.
This is my generations's epic Trilogy. It will be remembered as one of the greatest moments in Cinema History.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/87/Ringstrilogyposter.jpg/325px-Ringstrilogyposter.jpg:worship: :worship: :worship:

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action fantasy epic films; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). For simplicity, the titles are often abbreviated to 'LOTR', with 'FOTR', 'TTT' and 'ROTK' for each of the respective films.[1]

Set in Middle-earth, the three films follow the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and with it, ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship breaks and Frodo continues his quest with loyal Sam and the treacherous Gollum. The heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, Aragorn, and the Wizard Gandalf must also unite the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring, as Sauron rises once more to reclaim his prize with the Wizard Saruman.

Peter Jackson directed the movies, which were released by New Line Cinema. The trilogy is based on the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and follows its general storyline, despite some major deviations. Considered to be the biggest movie project ever undertaken with an overall budget of $270 million, the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in Jackson's native New Zealand.

The trilogy was a huge financial success, with the films being the 11th, 5th and 2nd most successful of all time respectively. Critically acclaimed, they won 17 Academy Awards in total, as well as praise for the cast and groundbreaking practical and digital special effects.[2][3][4] Each film also had popular Special Extended Editions (SEE), released a year after the theatrical release on DVD.

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From the past few years, I'd say that trilogy and maybe the Pixar films - Finding Nemo/The Incredibles, will stand the test of time, there's a lot of run of the mill, crappy movies out right now :(

égalité
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:39 PM
Brokeback Mountain! :hearts:

Rocketta
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:44 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

It's a modern day classic.

Especially that high budget special effects bit with the bus jumping over the bridge.

See it's stuff like that which makes me question if I need to find a new baby daddy. :o :o :o :help:

No Name Face
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:47 PM
The Shawshank Redemption
Mary Poppins
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the old one)
Crash
Kill Bill I and II
The Lion King

skanky~skanketta
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:48 PM
oh and the sound of music.

Steffica Greles
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:54 PM
The Outlaw Josey Wales -- my favourite.

Thelma and Louise

Ghost

The Sound of Music

Mary Poppins

My Fair Lady

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 25th, 2006, 05:45 PM
Titanic, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins

jenny161185
Nov 25th, 2006, 07:02 PM
sound of music, pretty woman, the goonies, stand by me!

quasar
Nov 25th, 2006, 07:53 PM
This should be broken down both by genre and by how a film captures/portrays the most importants events across different generations.

It would also be interesting to compare what movies did people from 70 years ago thought back then would still reign imperious during the new millennium, if only to gather a better sense of how unpredictable these kind of predictions are. I imagine what we currently classify as classics were not on many people's lists back in the day. It's difficult to appreciate a classic as it first comes out: The passage of time is needed for its magic to capture the hearts and minds of people across generational and cultural barriers.

In any case, as the world cultures mesh together and films reach across planetary boundaries to hitherto unknown global audiences, it should be expected for global themes and issues to gain wider prominence over those dealing with localized events, i.e., American cinema will not figure as much as it does today.

If I had to wager on a classics that should withstand the test of changing times and cultures, I would pick 3:

--Citizen Kane, for the way it has influenced future movie-making.
--Casablanca, for its magnifence protrayal of the universal struggle of love vis à vis personal sacrifice.
--It's a Wonderful Life, for its unequalled way of capturing the essence of human nature in such dramatic--yet tender--manner.

Most of the other future classics, probably have not yet been filmed, IMHO.

Of course, the previous commentary optimistically assumes a dystopic 1984-ish, censorship-immersed future does not lay ahead of us... :)

Cheers,

Carlos

Sam L
Nov 26th, 2006, 02:05 PM
yup definately one of the movies that will stand the test of time. This is a Cinema classic that everyone should experience.;)
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. It went on to win nine Academy Awards, and has been dubbed by the American Film Institute as fourth in the top 100 American films of the 20th Century. As of 2006, Gone With the Wind is the highest grossing film in box-office history, adjusted for inflation.[1]


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The film also resulted in an important moment in African-American history: Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time a black person won an Oscar.

The story opens on a large cotton plantation named Tara in rural Georgia in 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War. Scarlett O’Hara is the eldest of three daughters of Irish immigrant Gerald O’Hara and his wife Ellen. She is seemingly sought after by every young man in the county, except the refined Ashley Wilkes, for whom Scarlett longs. She is upset to hear of Ashley’s imminent engagement to his cousin Melanie Hamilton, to be announced the next day at a barbecue at his family’s home, the nearby plantation Twelve Oaks.

At Twelve Oaks, she notices she is being admired by a handsome but roguish visitor, Rhett Butler, who had been disowned by his Charleston family. Rhett finds himself in further disfavor among the male guests when, during a discussion of the probability of war, he states that the South has no chance against the superior numbers and industrial might of the North.

When Scarlett is alone with Ashley, she confesses her love for him. He admits he finds Scarlett attractive, but says that he and the gentle Melanie are more compatible. She accuses Ashley of misleading her and slaps him in anger, which is heightened when she realizes that Rhett has overheard the whole conversation. “Sir, you are no gentleman!” she protests, to which he replies, “And you, miss, are no lady!”

The barbecue is disrupted by the announcement that war has broken out, and the men rush to enlist. As Scarlett watches Ashley kiss Melanie goodbye, Melanie’s shy young brother Charles, with whom Scarlett had been innocently flirting, asks for her hand in marriage before he goes. She consents, they are married, and she is just as quickly widowed when Charles dies not in battle, but of pneumonia.

Scarlett's mother sends her to the Hamilton home in Atlanta to cheer her up, although the O’Haras' outspoken housemaid Mammy tells Scarlett she knows she is going there “like a spider”, waiting for Ashley’s return. Scarlett and Melanie attend a charity ball in Atlanta, where Rhett makes a surprise appearance, now a heroic blockade runner for the Confederacy. Scarlett shocks Atlanta society by accepting his bid for a dance, even though she is still in mourning. While they dance, Rhett tells her of his intention to win her, which she says will never happen.

The tide of war turns against the Confederacy, and Scarlett makes another appeal to Ashley’s heart while he is visiting on Christmas furlough. But eight months later, as the city is being besieged by the Union Army in the Battle of Atlanta, Melanie goes into a premature and difficult labor, and Scarlett must deliver the child herself. Rhett appears with a horse and wagon to take them out of the city, including a perilous ride through the burning depot and warehouse district. He leaves her with a kiss on the road to Tara, which she repays with a slap, to his bemusement, as he goes off to enlist with the Confederate Army.

On her journey back home, she finds Twelve Oaks burned out and deserted. She is relieved to find Tara still standing, but learns that her mother has just died, and her father's mind has begun to crumble under the strain. With Tara pillaged by Union troops, and the fields untended, Scarlett vows she will do anything for the survival of her family and herself: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

Scarlett sets her family and servants to picking the cotton fields. She also fatally shoots a Union deserter who threatens her during a burglary, and finds gold coins in his haversack. With the defeat of the Confederacy and war's end, Ashley returns from being a prisoner of war. Mammy restrains Scarlett from running to him when he reunites with Melanie. The dispirited Ashley finds he is of little help to Tara, and when Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her and kisses her passionately, but says he cannot leave Melanie.

Gerald O'Hara dies after he is thrown from his horse while chasing a Yankee carpetbagger off his property. Scarlett is left to care for the family, and realizes she can't pay the taxes on Tara. She knows that Rhett is in Atlanta. Believing he is still rich, she has Mammy make an elaborate gown for her from her mother’s drapes. But upon her visit, Rhett tells her his foreign bank accounts have been blocked, and that her attempt to get his money has been in vain. However, as she departs, she encounters her sister’s fiancé, the middle-aged Frank Kennedy, who now owns a successful general store and lumber mill.

Soon Scarlett is Mrs. Frank Kennedy. She becomes a hard-headed businesswoman, willing to trade with the despised Yankees and use prison laborers in her mill. When Ashley is about to take a job offer with a bank in the north, Scarlett preys on his weakness by weeping that she needs him to help run the mill; pressured by the sympathetic Melanie, he relents. One day, after Scarlett is attacked while driving alone through a nearby shantytown, Frank, Ashley, and others make a night raid on the shantytown. Ashley is wounded in a melee with Union troops, and Frank is killed.

With Frank’s funeral barely over, Rhett visits Scarlett and proposes marriage. Scarlett is aghast at his poor taste, but takes him up on his offer. After a honeymoon in New Orleans, Rhett promises to restore Tara, while Scarlett builds the biggest and most crassly opulent mansion in Atlanta. A daughter, Bonnie, is born. Rhett adores her as a less spoiled version of her mother, and does everything to win the good opinion of Atlanta society for his daughter’s sake. Scarlett, still pining for Ashley, lets Rhett know that she wants no more children. In anger, he kicks open the door that separates their bedrooms to show her that he will decide that.

When visiting the mill one day, Scarlett listens to a nostalgic Ashley wish for the simpler days of old that are now gone, and when she consoles him with an embrace, they are spied by two gossips. Scarlett’s reputation is again sullied, but Melanie refuses to believe in the rumors, and invites her to Ashley’s birthday party. Afterwards, a drunken Rhett tells her he will make her forget Ashley, and sweeps her up the stairs in his arms, telling her, "This is one night you're not turning me out." She awakens the next morning with the look of guilty pleasure, but Rhett returns to apologize for his behavior and offer a divorce. When he returns from a visit to London with Bonnie, Scarlett tells him resentfully that she is pregnant again. After Rhett tells her to "cheer up. Maybe you'll have an 'accident,'" Scarlett lunges at him and, when he steps out of the way, falls down the grand staircase of their home and miscarries.

As Scarlett recovers, and Rhett attempts a reconciliation, young Bonnie, as impulsive as her grandfather, dies in a fall from her pony when she attempts to jump a fence. Scarlett and Rhett are devastated and exchange recriminations over her death. Melanie visits to comfort them, but then collapses in labor from a pregnancy she was warned could kill her. On her death bed, she asks Scarlett to look after Ashley for her, as Scarlett had looked after her for Ashley. Scarlett realizes that Melanie had known all along about her and Ashley, but was too good-hearted to think ill of her. With her dying breath, Melanie also tells Scarlett to be kind to Rhett, that he loves her. Outside, Ashley collapses in tears, helpless without his wife. Only then does Scarlett realize that she never could have meant anything to him, and that she had loved something that never really existed.

She runs home to find Rhett packing to leave her, saying it is too late to salvage their marriage. She begs him not to leave, telling him she realizes now that she had loved him all along, that she never really loved Ashley. Rhett tells her that as long as there was Bonnie, whom he could spoil and love unconditionally, as he wished he could with Scarlett, there was a chance that they could have been happy, but now that chance was gone.

As Rhett walks out the door, she begs him, "Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?" He answers, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and turns away. She sits on her stairs and weeps in despair, "What is there that matters?" She then recalls the voice of her father Gerald: "Land's the only thing that matters, it's the only thing that lasts." And Ashley: "Something you love better than me, though you may not know it. Tara." And Rhett: "It's from this you get your strength, the red earth of Tara."

Hope lights Scarlett's face: "Tara! Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!" And in the final scene, Scarlett stands once more, resolute, before Tara.:worship:

Brilliant! :clap2: