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VAV!/February 26, 2014
What went into the making of the epic American classic, "Gone with the Wind", a 1939 historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel?
The film, from its beginnings to the final product, from casting to filming, was fraught with challenges and ultimately brilliant success. The producer of "Gone With The Wind", David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures, labored endlessly to maintain the project, while working throughout the film with three uniquely different directors, George Cukor, Victor Fleming and Sam Wood. Each of the directors each brought their own visions for the film.
As a gathering storm of World War II was being felt throughout the globe, Selznick was focusing his attention closer to home and the selection of the cast for "Gone With The Wind", a movie everyone was betting he couldn't make. Casting for the men in the Film were next to impossible. For two years alone, he sought to entice a reluctant Clark Gable into the role of Rhett Butler. Instinctively, Selznick knew that Gable was perfect for the film, set in the 19th-century American South against the all encompassing backdrop of the Civil War and Reconstruction era.
Ever the perfectionist, Selznick was determined to find an unknown for the role of Scarlet. In a wide and well-publicized search, some 1,400 women were interviewed. While the search for Scarlet moved forward, the shooting of the movie began with the most spectacular scene, the burning of Atlanta, taking place in the studio back lots. The scene featuring Gable and Leigh fleeing Atlanta was later super imposed onto the screen. It was during the filming of this scene, that Selznick's brother, Myron,introduced him to a fascinating girl . "I want you to meet Scarlett O'Hara," Myron said. It's recorded in the annals of history that Mr. Selznick stared at Miss Leigh and immediately signed her for the role. He finally found the emodiment of Scarlet O'Hara.