Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.
After doing a daily music challenge for a month last year we talked about doing something similar for movies.
And the current global lockdowns give us the perfect excuse to start!
Many of us are confined to home with only the TV for company so we thought we would start ‘Film Fridays’ so that we can talk about our favourite movies and hopefully give our readers some ideas for things to watch.
We would be delighted if you would join us!
Just tag your post with #FilmFriday and do a pingback to either Darren’s or my posts so that we can can have a look at yours! You can also copy the “Film Friday” poster I came up with.
We don’t necessarily want to talk about the nerdy technical details but more about why these films speak to us as individuals, why they have a place in our hearts, and any personal memories they evoke.
So please join us each friday when we will each be talking about a different movie from our list of favourites!
In case you haven’t recognized either the quote in this post’s title or the amorous couple in my drawing – both of which I won’t blame you for – my favorite film for today’s Film Friday is „Gone With the Wind“, an epic historical romance starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
The film has been adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell and was praised for its fidelity to the novel, which of course explains its unusual length (about 220 minutes).
An interesting fan fact is that the “search for Scarlett” led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part!
It received 10 Academy Awards from 13 nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time.
If you have seen it, I hope you agree with me that it is one of the greatest films of all times. The music, the actors, the setting and the screenplay – all come together in the most beautiful way.
There are many iconic scenes that became legendary in cinematic history, the last one where a distraught Scarlett resolves to return to Tara, her family home, believing that one day she will get Rhett back and saying that „after all tomorrow is another day!“ is no exception, and has made a deep impression on me.
Her resolution to never give up and to keep fighting no matter what is most exemplary, and an inspiration to all of us, I think, especially these days where many of us find ourselves longing for the old days…
And now to you – have you ever seen „Gone With the Wind“, or read the novel? Did you like it or not? Why? Let me know all about it in your comments!