Scarlett O'Hara is young, beautiful and vivacious. She's besotted with Ashey, who is set to marry Scalett's dull cousin. When at a party she finally pleads for Ashey to marry her, Miss O'Hara doesn't realise there's someone else in the room - Rhett Butler.
Exhausting at least three directors, stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh and enough extras to refight the Civil War, megalomaniac producer David O. Selznick delivered the epic of 1939. Though monumental enough to be beyond criticism, most of Gone With The Wind's truly great scenes come during the first half - substantially directed by George Cukor, who brought his skilled touch with character to material concerning big historical themes. Victor Fleming, meanwhile - best known for macho action - wound up handling the soapier stretches.
With gorgeous Technicolor, pastel-pretty for the dresses and blazing red for the passions, and a thunderous Max Steiner score, this might still be the last word in Hollywood cinema.
Well, even if it is essentially four hours about a selfish, silly cow, it's impeccably well made, and should be seen by anyone with even a passing interest in romance or movies.