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It was a 4-hour long, classic 1940 movie.
And the 1936 novel from where the movie was based ran 1037 pages in its first edition.
But Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite films.
I have seen it several times already and the lines said by key characters there are simply memorable --- and if you are like me that attributes a line from a movie or book, this film is peppered with all the zingers applicable for any stage in one's life. (I write about the film because I still have to read the novel, my bad!)
Of course, Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable) is the "ideal" man for his persistence in wooing Scarlett O'Hara (portrayed by Vivian Leigh). But, eventually after the trials they endured from their cat-and-mouse like romance to their tragic marriage, Rhett gave up, leaving Scarlett running down from the grand staircase and him uttering one of movie history's most memorable lines:
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
And, yes, most days lately, I don't give a damn.
But then, there's Scarlett. The character you will love to hate and hate to love.
Truly beautiful on the outside, but hardened by life following the Civil War. Her responsibility to those she loves made Scarlett an unscrupulous businesswoman, married for convenience, and pursued Ashley Wilkes even if he was in love and married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton.
How Margaret Mitchell portrayed Scarlett in the novel and how Leigh gave life to one of the most iconic female leads in film history was truly remarkable that time.
The transformation Scarlett underwent --- from overcoming the effects of the war, becoming the talk of the town, to a wife and a mother, and belatedly realizing that she already loves Rhett is filled with lessons, with historical events serving as background.
Her character's strength somehow reminds me to keep going and never give up no matter how the going gets rough. Easier said that done, but one has to try, so I'm trying.
If you are watching Gone with the Wind and you are going through a challenge or a transformation in your life, here are the 6 best zingers delivered by Scarlett. The first two quotable quotes from the film applies to me somehow:
"As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." (Minus the lie, steal, cheat or kill part for me.)
"I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." (Stings. I remember Scarlett said this when Rhett was already gone, out in the fog.)
[With her mouth full] "Why does a girl have to be so silly to catch a husband?"
[Last lines] "Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all ... tomorrow is another day."
[Upon being widowed] "My life is over. Nothing will ever happen to me anymore."
[To Ashley] "Dreams, dreams always dreams with you, never common sense."
They are yes, lines from the movie, but art imitates life --- sometimes. And sometimes zingers like these knock some sense to our thick skulls, and we go on, continue, and live.
(Lines from IMDb)