On Wednesday night, we watched Gone with the Wind(1939) in class and most of the students in the class are either straight out of High School or in their early twenties, so of course for the most part you heard a lot of sighing and what not because they were about to sit in their seats watching an 'old' movie for almost 3 hours, but an hour an a half later, when we reached the intermission, I noticed that their attitude had changed. They were actually willing to give up our ten minute break in order to continue watching the remainder of the movie. I overheard comments on how they were really liking the movie, and how they couldn't wait to see what was to unfold after the intermission, and I thought... my oh my see what happens for judging a book by its cover?!
I had already seen Gone with the Wind years back so I knew what to expect, but I've got to admit that I could relate to their attitude toward the movie at first as one very lazy Saturday afternoon (pre-baby days) while channel surfing, I stopped at TCM and saw that their feature presentation was Gone with the Wind , and for a few minutes I sat on my couch going back and forth from some other channel back to TCM contemplating on whether or not to give this movie a chance... I thought there is just no way I am going to sit three plus hours on my couch, watching this "period" piece of a movie, but then I thought, well how bad could it be? it's got Clark Cable in it, and the dresses are lovely, and the scenery looks beautiful...and well, heck why not? I've got nowhere to go, no one to see, so alright, let's give it a chance. So I quickly grabbed some snacks, and tuned back to TCM, and sat down on my comfy couch, ready to give this movie a chance and three hours later I was with tissues in hand wiping the tears off my face...
So...what's the point of this whole Gone with the Wind rambling you ask? Well in so many words, it's that if you haven't seen it because you're put off by the length of it, or because it's a period piece, or whatever your reason may be for not watching it yet...I sincerely advise you to watch it. This is truly an epic movie, a poignant, touching story, and I assure you that if you have three hours to spare someday, you won't regret sparing them to watching this wonderful movie.
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