Gone with the Wind Heads Back to Theaters for Its 80th Anniversary
Gone with the Wind fans are getting a special treat for the movie's 80th anniversary
An all-time classic is making its way back to the big screen.
80 years after its initial release in 1939, Gone with the Wind will screen at participating locations for two days only this year. Fans of the Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh classic can watch the movie at the end of this month on Thursday Feb. 28 and Saturday March 3.
The winner of eight Oscars follows the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh) as she is torn between fighting for the man she loves and falling for the new guy in town, Rhett Butler (Gable). The movie is set during the Civil War and Reconstruction, with O’Hara also fighting to save her family’s plantation.
The live-action adaptation of the book by the same name won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Cinematography, Editing and Art Direction. Gone with the Wind also later won two honorary Oscars.
Though the movie remains a classic, modern audiences have received it with mixed views due to its representation of black people. It was most recently pulled from an annual summer movie festival in Memphis after attendees complained about its racial insensitivity.
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Critics slam it for perpetuating racial stereotypes and the positive portrait it paints of Southern plantation life. Black characters in the film — referred to as “darkies” throughout — are also said to be portrayed in broad, demeaning stereotypes.
Tickets for the film’s theatrical return are available now at the Fathom Events website or at participating theater box offices.