Believe it or not, there are actually people in the United States today who have never seen Gone with the Wind? It's true! One of the most popular films of all time, the Academy Award Winner for Best Picture in 1939, one of the most quoted films ever, and yet unseen by countless Americans. First, it was a novel, written in 1936 by Atlanta's own Margaret Mitchell. It is a fictional account of life before, during and after the Civil War for spoiled elite Scarlett O'Hara as she struggled through her times.
The book - and later the movie - have received criticism due to its depiction of African Americans, depicting them as happily enslaved and grateful to kind masters. Admittedly, this is a very difficult pill to swallow. But, if you can look beyond that, what you'll find is a majestic epic tale of loss and triumph set in glorious Technicolor. It is simply impossible to imagine watching this movie, all 221 minutes of it - that's well over three-and-a-half hours - in black and white. Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland star. Of course, if you don't have the time to watch the film, just come on down to the American Treasure Tour to admire our posters and images from the movie. That will be close enough, we're sure.