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I was just reading the news on tcm.com and came across this interesting note about the 70th anniversary screening of "Gone with the Wind" in Atlanta, which TCM's own Robert Osborne will attend.


This will be a great chance for fans in the Georgia area to celebrate the movie's 70th anniversary!




*2009 Atlanta Film Festival Features GONE WITH THE WIND With Special Guests*


Gone With the Wind: A 70th Anniversary Celebration

With Special Guests Turner Classic Movie's Robert Osborne, Baltimore Sun Critic Michael Sragow and Author/Critic Molly Haskell

April 18-19, 2009


Sunday, April 19 at 12:30pm

70th Anniversary Screening of Gone With the Wind

with Pre-Screening Talk-Back with Robert Osborne


"Gone With the Wind" will be shown at the Fox Theatre. Doors will open to the public at 11:30am. This is a reserved seating event. Tickets are $10 and $15 and will be available at the Fox Theatre Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster outlets beginning February 16, 2009.




TICKETS ARE $10.00 AND $15.00


Support the Atlanta Film Festival at an EXCLUSIVE Fundraiser: A Southern Breakfast

Mint JulepSunday, April 19th at 10:00am: Join the Atlanta Film Festival for an exclusive private brunch at the home of board member Scott Benson (director, The Race to Save 100 Years). Guests will "never be hungry again" as they enjoy a fantastic Southern Breakfast buffet accompanied by mint juleps and sweet tea. Mr. Osborne, Ms. Haskell and Mr. Sragow will be in attendance--and guests will all be treated to gift bag which includes a signed copy of each of their books.


Guests will be conveniently shuttled to the screening, where their VIP reserved seats await. Space for this event is extremely limited--$500 minimum donation required. Proceeds for this fundraiser support the Atlanta Film Festival in its mission to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. To reserve your space and make your pledge to the Atlanta Film Festival, contact Paula Martinez at 404-352-4225.


Coffeehouse: State of Film Criticism

featuring Molly Haskell and Michael Sragow


Saturday, April 18th at 4:00pm: An intimate discussion at the new Starbucks on Monroe at the Midtown Promenade with a host of critics and bloggers from all over the U.S.


The Gone With the Wind Legacy:

A discussion with Robert Osborne, Michael Sragow and Molly Haskell


Gone With the Wind, Saturday, April 18th at 8:00pm: Atlanta History Center's The Literary Center at Margaret Mitchell House will host a very special author program for film lovers. Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne will lead a discussion with Michael Sragow, movie critic of The Baltimore Sun, and Molly Haskell, critic and author. Turner Classic Movies presents these film experts in a discussion about the legacy of "Gone With the Wind," its director Victor Fleming, and the Hollywood heyday of 1939.


The event will showcase new books from all three experts: "80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards" by Robert Osborne, "Victor Fleming," a biography by Michael Sragow, and "Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisited," by Molly Haskell.


Doors open at 7:00pm; program begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $5 for members of the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House; $10 for nonmembers. Reservations required at 404.814.4150. For more information, visit www.gwtw.org.

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My friend & her husband are going to the movie in Atlanta in a couple of weeks. They asked me to go and I was tempted, but I rarely go out to the theater anymore and the thought of having to sit there with people for 4 hours was a little overwhelming to me, so I passed, even though Robert was going to be there. I know, I'm stupid.


This friend is actually my best friend's daughter and she & hubby have recently been getting into classic films and I'm thrilled to have someone to talk to about old films. I've been suggesting some and they actually trust my taste!!! I've been working on them to watch Dodsworth and they finally found a used VHS copy but haven't got around to watching it yet. They had a bunch of stuff on their DVR to watch first. Anyway, we were talking about the upcoming showing they're going to and I mentioned that it must have been daunting for Vivien Leigh to play Scarlett O'Hara. That's got to be the most famous women's role ever conceived for film. I know there have been a lot of strong women's roles throughout the years, but I don't think there's been an actress that ever had as much pressure to succeed as Miss Leigh must have felt. I'm wondering if somehow that didn't lead to the problems she had later in life. Sure, she won another Oscar and had other good roles, but this was one of those once in a lifetime type things. In fact, I don't think there was ever a male role as important as this and I'm including Hamlet in this because a lot of people have tackled Shakespeare, but only one other person has seriously attempted the Scarlett O'Hara role and that was in the ill-advised sequel (I didn't see it and don't care to, but I haven't heard much about Joanne Whalley since then.) Maybe Atticus Finch or Michael Corleone, but they had supporting characters that had a lot of screen time. While Clark Gable was her co-star, he really didn't have much to do other than be arm candy and sugar daddy for Scarlett. I just can't imagine what it must have been like for her as such a young age. It seems like it was one of those roles that if you mess it up it would ruin your career, but if you gave an outstanding Oscar winning performance like Miss Leigh, you'd be afraid you'd never be as good again. I haven't read any biographies about her but I have seen the doc about the making of the film but none of the aftermath has ever been included in the few things I've seen about her. Any thoughts?

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