Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the epic Civil War saga, Gone With the Wind. Turner Classic Movies played the film in it’s entirety with no interruptions. I happened to catch it just as Atlanta was falling to those Yankees. So I missed some of my favorites scenes with the prettiest dresses at the beginning of the movie. After all, what girl didn’t imagine herself at the barbeque in that beautiful green dress that her mammy deemed so inappropriate because it showed her shoulders before evening. On top of that, she was surrounded by all the handsomest beaux in the county. Truly a dream!
I promptly sat down and watched the remainder of the movie. I still turned my eyes at the most difficult to watch scenes of war and suffering and this time turned the sound down. But this time around, I was struck by how amazing the film was. I don’t know if you know any of the history of this movie and all the difficulty that happened in trying to get it made. The short end of the story is they went through multiple directors, many rewrites, budget issues, casting challenges. You name it, they experienced it. They even started filming before the role of Scarlett O’Hara was even cast. But through it all, what remained was one of the most exciting, visually engaging and well produced films of history. I’d forgotten how much I loved this movie.
I’d also forgotten the incredible writing that the film contained. My favorite line comes at the end of the movie. No not the one Clark Gable is remembered for, the classic “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, but instead the one that Scarlett says after he leaves. In her grief and sadness as she is trying to figure out her next step, she makes the statement that is my favorite-“Tomorrow is another day”. I love this. Tomorrow is another day, it is a new beginning, a new start, an opportunity to do the right thing and take the next chance. That is the promise made to us. We will have another go at it. If we are lucky it will happen with beautiful clothes and fabulous lighting but if that isn’t the case, grab at it anyway with both hands and make the best of it.