Gone with the Wind re-release poster (1967)
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic-historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind. Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of rich white Southerners. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
On this day …
1940 Gone With The Wind won eight Oscars.
Quote of the day
Hattie McDaniel was criticised for perpetuating black stereotypes by playing maids and cooks. She responded by saying: I’d rather play a maid on the screen than be one in real life.
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The fastest growing tissue in the human body is hair.