Harry Ransom Center film curator,
"The Making of 'Gone With the Wind'" exhibition
The Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition “The Making of Gone With the Wind” chronicles legendarily producer David O. Selznick’s 3-year campaign to film Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 literary ode to the Old South. Tied to Gone With the Wind's 75th anniversary, the exhibition focuses on Selznick’s efforts to appease fans, censors, and civil rights leaders; the casting of Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh as, respectively, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara; the replacing of director George Cukor at the last minute with Victor Fleming; and the public’s reaction to an epic romance that would go on to win 8 Oscars and become the high-grossing film in the United States when adjusted for inflation. The exhibition features more than 450 items from the Harry Ransom Center’s collection, including memos and letters to concept paintings to storyboards to original and replicated costumes worn by Vivian Leigh. “The Making of Gone With the Wind runs through Jan. 4 at the Harry Ransom Center.
Aired: Nov. 27, 2014
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