Sunday, March 07, 2021

"Gone with the Wind" now stirs up calls for censorship among anti-racism proponents


Modern Atlanta, airport, 2014

Recently we’ve been hearing more scuttlebutt of sales of classic movies from the past that show African-Americans in a bad light in today’s cultural standards, despite historical relevance.

The most notorious of these is “Gone with the Wind” (old legacy review by me), directed by Victor Flemming and George Cukor, Selznick International and MGM, which I saw twice as a child (the first time on a long Sunday afternoon at the Arlington theater around 1954), based on Margaret Mitchell’s one novel (1936).  My parents had the Motion Picture Edition of the book with heavy technicolor illustrations.

Jennifer Schuessler had described the controversy for the New York Times in June 2020, here

A few of the most controversial scenes from the book were changed in the movie.

It’s a story of resilience, of a girl who seems spoiled, loses it and gets is back, and loses it (love) again.

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