What impact has the film version of Gone With the Wind had on popular culture?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Selznick's film has had a fairly sizable impact on popular culture.  Consider that Rhett Butler's closing line was voted the most memorable line in American Cinema by the American Film Institute.  The character of Scarlett O'Hara has become enshrined in both description's of Hollywood's Golden Age of The Studio, but also in American cinema female characterizations.  Media mogul and Atlanta native Ted Turner's obsession with the film is well known, as well.  The grand nature of scope and sequence of the film is something that is known in popular culture.  The film literally boasted "a cast of thousands."  In some of the scenes, that is an actual statement of fact.  From a standpoint of race, the film holds much relevance in popular culture.  Civil Rights leader and advocate Malcolm X pointed this out in his assertion that seeing the depiction of African- Americans in the film made him want to "crawl under the rug."  The idea of how Hollywood depicted people of color in films of the early part of the 20th Century helps to bring out a larger discussion of the significance of such screen portrayals and their implications in popular culture. 


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