The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, October 23, 2021

'Gone With the Wind' returns to HBO Max with a few additions
A copy of the book "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, signed by producer, director, and most of speaking cast of the 1939 Hollywood film. Gabriel BOUYS / AFP.

by Jason Bailey

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When HBO Max removed the Oscar-winning 1939 adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” from its streaming catalog this month, the service promised that the film would return, albeit with “a discussion of its historical context.” On Wednesday, the film quietly resumed its place in that library, and the streamer made good on its promise with two noteworthy additions.

The HBO Max stream now begins with a 4 1/2-minute introduction by the Turner Classic Movies cable TV host, film scholar and University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart. As is the custom for TCM intros, Stewart provides background on the picture’s production, reception and awards, before moving on to the controversies, noting that “the film paints the picture of the antebellum South as a romantic, idyllic setting that’s tragically been lost to the past,” presenting the Georgia plantation at its center as “a world of grace and beauty, without acknowledging the brutalities of the system of chattel slavery upon which this world is based.”

Stewart briefly but meticulously details the film’s offenses and stereotypes, and the role it has played in shaping the perception of this time and place for viewers since its release more than eight decades ago. But she also acknowledges tension at the center of the difficult conversations about this 10-time Oscar-winning film — one of “undeniable cultural significance” that nevertheless “speaks directly to the racial inequalities that persist in media and society today.”

“We have conflicting feelings. We really do,” explains author and film historian Donald Bogle, who hosts HBO Max’s second special feature of note (included as an extra on the platform), the 57-minute panel discussion “‘Gone with the Wind’: A Complicated Legacy.” In the talk, recorded at the TCM Classic Film Festival last year (for the 80th anniversary of the film’s release), Bogle is joined by Stewart, film producer Stephanie Allain (“Hustle & Flow”) and film critic and historian Molly Haskell (author of the book “Frankly, My Dear: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Revisited”). Their spirited and insightful conversation digs into individual scenes and characters, as well as each participant’s evolving relationship with the film. However, the panel’s length and utilitarian photography (most of the hour is spent on one wide shot) may render it of greater interest to cinephiles than casual viewers.

Nevertheless, these additions are undeniably valuable, providing a necessary and useful framework for viewing this cultural behemoth. “Watching ‘Gone With the Wind’ can be uncomfortable, even painful,” notes Stewart at the conclusion of her introduction. “Still, it is important that classic Hollywood films are available to us, in their original form, for viewing and discussion. They reflect the social context in which they were made and invite viewers to reflect on their own values and beliefs when watching them now.”

© 2020 The New York Times Company

Today's News

June 27, 2020

French archaeologist and husband charged over Mideast antique trafficking

David Shrigley transforms Copenhagen Contemporary's largest gallery space into a seething snake pit

UK teen who threw French boy off gallery balcony jailed for life

Eccentric Hippopotamus bathroom suite by François-Xavier Lalanne sells for $2.4 million at Sotheby's

Christie's announces new 20th & 21st Centuries Department

'Hamilton' is coming to the small screen. This is how it got there.

Norway starts digging up first Viking ship in a century

Wynton Marsalis finds solace in the optimism of the blues

Russian court finds director Serebrennikov guilty of fraud

K. H. Hödicke retrospective presents the artist's core creative phases from the early 1960s on

Li Zhensheng, photographer of China's Cultural Revolution, dies at 79

'Through art, I hope that we can make one Tulsa'

Philanthropy rises in pandemic as donors heed the call for help

Elsa Joubert, 97, dies; Afrikaans writer explored black reality

'Gone With the Wind' returns to HBO Max with a few additions

'We can't do our craft': Conductors contend with the pandemic

A Kashmir sapphire and the art of Hans Hofmann top Michaan's Summer Fine Sale Auction results

Books are a great fit for quarantine. The book business, not so much.

Galeria Jaqueline Martins explores the virtual possibilities wrought by the urgency of social distancing

The First Shoes handmade by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman to appear at auction achieve $162,500

Swann Galleries announces Deborah Rogal as Director of Photographs & Photobooks

Colorado State University selects artists for $1.3M campus public art program

Conan Doyle estate sues Netflix over 'emotional' Sherlock Holmes

Madagascar's 'Colosseum' sparks outrage

Different Religious Garment from wool

Are Video Slots Related To Video Games?

Art In Modern Gaming

Heavenly Horses

What sets apart Appeal Assassins from other reinstatement services

Your Ohio Divorce Plan/Get a Divorce Online

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful