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Only five days after its premiere, a poll indicated that 56.5 million people planned to see the film Gone with the Wind. Ignoring inflation, it yielded the highest box-office take of any film ever and was awarded eight Academy Awards, a record which was held for almost 20 years. There is no doubt that this film is an American classic, but many still speculate about how this film reached so many people. Gone with the Wind had a fantastic plot and talented actors, but so did many of the other films at the time. The enduring popularity and success of the film Gone with the Wind can be attributed to its ideal release during the late 1930s: the height of feminism, the boom of Technicolor, as well as the time of the creative, yet volatile disposition of David Selznick. In America, the Thirties were a time of economic depression and war. They were preceded by the flappers of the jazz age, bold movie actresses, and by the grim realism of the Depression, putting many women away to work outside their homes for the first time in their lives. Although Scarlett O’Hara was a woman of the 1860s in the film, she encompasses all of the aspects of women in the thirties. Scarlett’s lusts and passions are symbolic of the sex symbols of the time such as Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Mae West, and Jean Harlow. Like her idols, she wanted total control, especially with her own sexual escapades. During the film, Scarlett flirts often with men saying phrases like, “Now isn't this better than sitting at a table? A girl hasn't got but two sides to her at the table.” There are few scenes where the men are not flocking around her, which often leads to confrontations with their wives. Furthermore, Scarlett’s character is brave, quick-witted and undefeated. She is the modern, free-spirited woman who exemplifies the desire to achieve one's dreams in the harshest of times. Her financial independence during the film inspired many American women who were in the same position in the post-depression
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era. Scarlett had everything a girl could possibly want: men flocking her, a wealthy family, plenty of land, a huge estate, and the reassurance that she never had to worry about starving. War took all but the land away from Scarlett, but her undefeated nature would not let her down. She drove herself to prosper again, and her cotton and lumber business brought her back to the top. She became iconic to all those women who entered the workforce during World War II. Her shortcomings separated her from the more traditional heroines, but this realism made her appealing to her fans and gave hope that
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