Gone with the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beauty Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) planned to marry Melanie Hamilton "mealy mouthed" (Olivia de Havilland). Regardless of warning from her father (Thomas Mitchell) also her helper Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett promises to hurl herself towards Ashley at an imminent barbecue in Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she adopts a fit of histrionics, which is seen by impish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the sheep black of the wealthy Charleston family, who's immediately fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly egotistical Scarlett: "We're bad lots, each of us." The movie's well-known action continues in the burning of Atlanta (in fact the destruction of the massive wall left over from King Kong) by means of the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Holding its against stiff competition (several contemplate 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone with the Wind won ten Oscars, which includes Best Picture, Best Director, Finest Screenplay, Greatest Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Very Best Supporting Actress (the foremost African-American to win an Oscar-Hattie McDaniel). The film grossed almost 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he expected, Selznick's epitaph is "The Man Who Made Gone with the Wind."
The renowned film, shot in three-strip Technicolor, is cinema's greatest, magnificent historical classic film of the Old South throughout wartime that boasts an immortal cast inside a timeless, classic tale of the love-hate romance. The indomitable actress, Scarlett O'Hara, struggled to uncover love in the course of the messy Civil War years and afterwards and eventually must seek retreat for herself with her family back at the much-loved plantation Tara. Nearby, she had taken charge, defended it against Union soldier, carpetbaggers, as well as starvation itself. She lastly marries her worldly lover Rhett Butler, as her apathy with him in their marriage dooms their clashing relationship, and she once more returned to Tara to locate consolation - indomitable.