The State Theatre will host the showing of one of the most timeless films when “Gone With the Wind” (1939) hits the screen there Aug. 16.
Vivien Leigh took on the role of Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable gave a memorable performance as Rhett Butler, delivering one of the most iconic lines in film history when he uttered, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
In IMDb’s 2012 list of the top 100 greatest films of all time, “Gone With the Wind” was placed at number 7.
Nick Riganas wrote the following synopsis for the film on the IMDb website:
“In the face of the imminent U.S. Civil War, the pampered socialite and petulant Southern Belle, Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Waterloo Bridge), basks in the limelight, enjoying a lavish lifestyle. Knowing that the rich and red-hued soil of Tara - the ancestral cotton plantation in Georgia - is the only thing worth fighting for, the resilient woman will do everything in her power to control her destiny; including marrying the wrong men to maintain her enviable social status.
“However, death seems to follow Scarlett - and as she swears never to be poor again, standing on the sparkling ashes of her beloved but burned-to-the-ground home - the cynical playboy, Rhett Butler (Gable, “It Happened One Night” and “Mutiny on the Bounty”), offers a way out, and a new lease of life.
Headstrong, passionate, and, above all, resolute, not even war - or death - can stand in Scarlett’s way; nevertheless, love is delicate and elusive, and, somehow, it is always one step ahead of her. Is Scarlett’s noble aspiration for a better future gone with the wind?
On the website littlethings.com, Jess Catcher put together a list of 12 surprising facts about the film, including the facts that Leigh was chosen for the role of Scarlett after more than 1,000 women auditioned for the part, and Gable almost boycotted the premiere of the film in support of Hattie McDaniel (she played the house servant Mammy) who was not allowed to attend the premiere in Atlanta due to segregation laws.
At three hours and 40 minutes, the production is the longest film to ever win best picture and Leigh revealed later in life that she did not like the kissing scenes because of Gable’s bad breath, more than likely due to his false teeth and smoking habit.
Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood, this film is rated G.
Showtimes for the show at the State Theatre are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.