IMDb is featuring Gone with the Wind‘s 70th anniversary edition today, complete with the lush Rhett/Scarlett bright red background. I already owned the 4-disc collector’s edition, but seeing the comprehensive anniversary set on the Warner Video site is enough to make me want to get another one!
Thanks to my late mother, I was exposed to this movie when I was a wee girl, probably around 12 or 13. Barely spoke any English, she pretty much had to interpret the gist of the story to me. But a movie like Gone with the Wind, with its rich history and cultural significance — not to mention the intricate love story — isn’t an easy movie to grasp for a teenybopper, save for the gorgeous scenery (by that I also mean Rhett Butler) and pretty costumes. Thus, it was later in college when I sort of discern what the movie was all about.
Here are some of my favorite scenes from this quintessential Hollywood epic that shall always remain timeless:
The library scene
The first of many whiny moments of Scarlett & Ashley. I reckon Scarlett never had a thing for bad boys, as the second Rhett rose up from the sofa, my heart went pit-a-pat. Gable epitomized the ‘charming bad boy’ to a tee, and he did it with such nonchalant grace that’s so swoon-worthy. Their relentless banters are one of the most delightful battle-of-the-sexes scenarios ever captured in cinema. (Sorry I couldn’t find a clip that can be embedded)
If God is my witness
The most iconic scene of the entire movie involving the non-human star of the movie that is Tara. It’d be scandalous to omit this from any GWTW favorite list. Sure it’s arguably cliched and emotionally-manipulative, but darn it, when that score came on and she stood against that breathtaking sunset framed by the giant oak tree, I always get goose-bumps!
You need kissing badly
The audacity of seducing — and proposing — a woman on her husband’s funeral is shocking even by today’s standard. But Rhett is so darn suave and charming, I almost wished I had been as fortunate as Scarlett to be on the receiving end of this tantalizing encounter.
Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn
There’s little wonder why this quote was voted as the #1 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100), as well as the #2 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere magazine in 2007. But the line that precedes it is equally great:
Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.
Rhett Butler: That’s your misfortune. [Rhett turns to walk down the stairs]
Even before he said the “I don’t give a damn” line, we know he’s made up his mind.
Melanie & Ashley reunited after the war
Unfortunately I couldn’t find the exact scene of Melanie running after Ashley and Scarlet’s expression as the two blissfully embraced and kissed. But it’s such a heart-wrenching yet sweet scene of what Scarlet is always jealous of Melanie for.
I probably don’t do this movie justice by listing only five scenes, so if you have other faves you’d like to share, let’s hear it!