Although 1939’s Gone With The Wind, takes place at the start of the civil war, Scarlett O’Hara’s wedding dress would have fit right into the assortment of giant confectionery creations that went down the aisle in the 1980s.
But other than that, this film is the type of motion picture they just don’t make anymore*. Grand and sweeping, this civil war epic will seem familiar- but only because every film that’s been made since has borrowed something from it. If you’ve seen it before, see it again. It’s a revelation how much they were able to do in 1939, and a little depressing that we’ve not lived up to the great promise of the medium. OK, film school lecture over. Dismissed!