Sunday, April 26, 2009

Gone With The Wind

Last Sunday afternoon Brooke and I took my parents to the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street to see a 70th anniversary presentation of Gone With The Wind. The sold-out showing was preceeded by a "Scarlett and Rhett" reception in the Egyptian Ballroom (which we did not attend, since we were at church) and was followed by a second, evening showing which was added after the first show sold out. This has always been one of my Mom's favorite movies to watch, and she can quote most of it. She forced me and my brothers to watch it when we were little. But today, I was more than happy to be there, watching it in that historic building with thousands of other people who can still appreciate things that are very old.

Everyone clapped and cheered during the opening title sequence as the stars' names were displayed on the screen. And loud applause was heard when Rhett Butler and Mammie made their first appearances in the first act. Everyone clapped when the movie's best and/or most memorable lines were heard, and some gave a standing ovation at the film's conclusion as Scarlett declared that tomorrow was another day.

President Jimmy Carter recalled before the 1996 Summer Olympics that the 1939 premier of this movie, in Atlanta, was the biggest event to happen in the South in his lifetime. The movie's stars, including Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, stayed at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, across the street from the Fox. It was December 15.

When dollars are adjusted for inflation, Gone With The Wind is the top-grossing movie of all time. It received ten Academy Awards, an achievement that would remain a record for almost 60 years until 1997's Titanic won eleven.

We all had a great time. It was a wonderful movie, venue, and crowd!

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