Herald-Journal Herald and Journal, June 29, 1998

Frankly, it's just darn good


I see that the movie "Gone With The Wind" (GWTW) is coming to a theater near me.

I am planning to go see it. I have seen the trials and tribulations of Scarlett and Rhett played out on the TV screen several times already.

Could I actually pass up the chance to see GWTW "the way it was intended to be shown?" I really must see what I have missed in the past dozen or so viewings.

Last Friday, the Fink girls got together at our oldest daughter's house to watch GWTW on videotape. Sara had invited us over with promises of Grasshoppers and snacks to go with the movie.

What is there about this movie that holds such fascination for me? I had never heard of the movie, or even the book until 1968. I was in the hospital after a car accident. I spent three weeks in traction with a dislocated hip. Our daughter, Sara, a month old at that time, was in traction with both legs in the air. She had suffered a broken leg in the crash.

When the lady came around with the book cart , I was more than happy to pick a book to pass the time. She seemed surprised that I had never heard of the book, "Gone with the Wind." I enjoyed reading the book so much that I was sad when I finished it.

Included in the book were some pictures, and information about the movie that had been made from the book. I was hooked. I had to see the movie.

When I watched it again Friday night, I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I saw it. Yes, I get frustrated with Scarlett's selfishness. I can't believe she could be in love with Ashley. He is the one character I really don't like.

I enjoy Clark Gable's performance as Rhett Butler. He is perfect for the part. Scarlett's Mammy is a pleasure to watch. She is delightful as the one person, besides Rhett, who truly knows Scarlett and tells her the truth.

The movie touches on great themes: love, jealousy, devotion, and the changing of the way of life for the South after the Civil War.

And where were the men during our viewing of the movie? Our husbands had planned a poker party for Friday night. This was the perfect opportunity to watch the movie without complaints by the male part of the audience. Frankly, my dear, they don't give a darn about GWTW.

I'll be watching the movie listings, though, to see where "Gone With the Wind" will be showing.

After all, tomorrow is another day.

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