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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 . Even 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 the ideal timing of its release during the late Thirties. This was the period of a feminist movement, the boom of Technicolor, as well as the time of the famous producer, David Selznick. Advancements in color film, a sensual and independent female protagonist, as well as a creative, yet volatile producer helped Gone With the Wind achieve an unprecedented art form of film. Much of Gone with the Wind’s success lies in its achievements in color cinematography. At the time, Technicolor was still a rather novel technology and was not prevalent because of many disadvantages including, heavy cameras, lighting, and personnel. It required nearly double the lighting of traditional black and white film and many additional personnel such as color consultants, technical advisors, and experienced cinematographers familiar with Technicolor. From 1936 to 1938 only 24 color films were processed in Technicolor, but each year the number of pictures almost doubled, producing 13 in 1938 alone. Although the quantity of Technicolor films was increasing, these movies only provided studios the support for the continuation of Technicolor. It was not until Gone with the Wind that Technicolor finally transformed from a cinematic novelty into a platform for true artistic expression. Gone with the Wind fully explores
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the potentials for integrating vigorous color and emulating monochrome effects.” Black and White film did an excellent job of filming scenes in low light situations while still producing a clear and properly exposed picture. The result was perfect for shadowing, used to evoke emotions during a scene. At the time, color could not accomplish this same effect since its film speed and sensitivity were not up to par with black-and-white film; however, the technology employed in Gone with the Wind allowed cinematographers to achieve perfect shadowing using color film. Thus, Gone with the Wind not only achieved the greatest aspects of black-and-white cinema, but also exceeded them by doing so in color. The juxtaposition of color temperatures helped to accent the main characters and heighten dramatic moments. For example, when Scarlett is walking among the injured soldiers, the sight of her red dress in the midst of the gray
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2009 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Various during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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