Feb 22 2020

Went with the Wind

Tomorrow I’ll think of some way… after all, tomorrow is another day!

Trump loves ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Historians, not so much.
By Gillian Brockell, Washington Post
Feb. 21, 2020

President Trump, whose grades in history classes have long been buried, added a new riff to his shtick at a rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday night, bemoaning the film “Parasite” — the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for best picture.

“The winner is … a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about? We got enough problems with South Korea with trade,” he said of a close U.S. ally. “Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?”

“Gone With the Wind,” which was not eligible for an Academy Award this year since it was released in 1939, is an epic film based on a best-selling novel about how a Southern white woman experienced the Civil War and Reconstruction.

It was written in an era steeped in the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy,” which framed the slavery-loving South’s secession and defeat as heroic and even patriotic.

Charlottesville. Fine people on both sides, only one of which was Racist Klanners and Nazis. To continue, as if everything was normal and nothing ever happened.

McDaniel and the other black actors in the movie were unable to attend the blockbuster film’s premiere in Atlanta because the theater was segregated. At the Oscars ceremony in a Los Angeles hotel, “Gone With the Wind” producer David O. Selznick had to “call in a special favor” so that McDaniel would be allowed to attend, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was seated at a table in the back, separate from the rest of the cast and crew.

The movie became the highest-grossing film in history at the time it was released and set a record for most Oscar wins. It was also selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.