Opening Statement

I use a few movies as a kind of comfort food. If I’m sad or stressed, sick or very tired, there are some movies that will make me feel better. Gone With the Wind is one of my comfort food movies, and even now that I understand how wrongheaded and racist the portrayal of African Americans are — by Felicia Elliott, July 24, 2017

First Viewing: Out of the Canon

I knew it was set in the South, I knew there was some drama between Scarlett and Rhett and that Rhett did not give a damn about something, I knew it was indescribably long, and I knew it was considered racist. I was already disinterested, but sprinkle some racism in the mix and it was pretty easy to just take a hard pass on this one — by Sarah Gorr, July 25, 2017

Re-thinking the 12th Academy Awards

It is often said that 1938-1939 produced some of the best films in history. Obviously, two of the most well-known and well-loved films were released in 1939: Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Besides those two monuments, a great many other films were represented at the 12th Annual Academy awards. And when I say a great many I mean it — by Felicia Elliott, July 27, 2017

Between Two Souths: Fanaticism and the Cause

Gone with the Wind is a film concerned with defeat and survival. After all, in any civil war, regardless of country, a victory is not the only important goal. It is what happens after the victory, particularly in regards to the losing side now living side-by-side with the winning one, where the real damage can be done — by Zachary Davis, July 28, 2017

Related Review: The Beguiled

When The Beguiled was first released in 1971, it was met with confusion and disappointment by viewers. Audiences came to the film expecting to see the hard-boiled action director Don Siegel and star Clint Eastwood were known for. What they found instead was a bizarre Civil War-era meditation on the complexity of desire — by Marcus Emanuel, July 29, 2017

The Cinessential Podcast, Ep. 17

The Cinessential Editors Sarah Gorr and Aaron Pinkston hash out their complicated feelings of Gone with the Wind. Topics include: the film's overt racism, Rhett & Scarlett, Hattie McDaniel's Oscar win, whether the film should still be considered a part of the canon, and more! — August 2, 2017