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"Frankly, my dear: GWTW Revisited" by Molly Haskell

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I was looking at some of the news items around tcm.com and found this very interesting review of the new Molly Haskell book:

 

http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=223173

 

_*Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell*_

 

 

How and why has the saga of Scarlett O'Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our national imagination for almost three-quarters of a century? In FRANKLY, MY DEAR: GONE WITH THE WIND REVISITED (Yale University Press), the first book ever to deal simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel and David Selznick's spectacular film version of "Gone with the Wind", film critic Molly Haskell seeks the answers. By all industry predictions, the film should never have worked. What makes it work so amazingly well are the fascinating and uncompromising personalities that Haskell dissects here: Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivien Leigh.

 

As a feminist and onetime Southern adolescent, Haskell understands how the story takes on different shades of meaning according to the age and eye of the beholder. She explores how it has kept its edge because of Margaret Mitchell's (and our) ambivalence about Scarlett and because of the complex racial and sexual attitudes embedded in a story that at one time or another has offended almost everyone.Haskell imaginatively weaves together disparate strands, conducting her story as her own inner debate between enchantment and disenchantment. Sensitive to the ways in which history and cinema intersect, she reminds us why these characters, so riveting to Depression audiences, continue to fascinate seventy years later.

 

"Beautifully written and fascinating to digest, Molly Haskell''s Frankly, My Dear towers above any other book that''s yet been written about Gone with the Wind. It has the kind of insights into the Wind phenomenon that only a writer of Molly Haskell''s stature, wisdom and clarity could give us. It is quite the perfect toast to both the book and to the film version of Wind on the latter''s 70th birthday."

- Robert Osborne, Host of Turner Classic Movies

 

"With her sharp feeling for movie culture, sexual politics, and the elusive mores of the old South, Molly Haskell brilliantly sketches the contribution of everyone who shaped Gone with the Wind into a problematic but enduring popular classic."

- Morris Dickstein, author of Gates of Eden and Leopards in the Temple

 

"This is a beautifully written and well-detailed account of the making of a movie that has, by now, become an American treasure, a landmark in popular entertainment. And it's written by a real Southerner, who happens to be one of the best writers on film we have."

- Martin Scorsese

 

"An absolutely marvelous work-provocative, perceptive, richly informative, and written with a contagious passion. Molly Haskell has given all of us who are in thrall to Gone with the Wind countless fresh insights, not only about its characters and the era in which they lived, but also about ourselves and our own times."

- Olivia de Havilland

 

*FRANKLY, MY DEAR: GONE WITH THE WIND REVISITED* will be available after Feb. 3rd from on-line book sellers and bookstores everywhere.

 

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*P.S.* the TCM article says the book should have been out on Feb. 3, but amazon says the book's release date will be Feb. 23, 2009:

http://www.amazon.com/Frankly-My-Dear-Revisited-America/dp/0300117523

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