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Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited

Frankly, My Dear<br> by Molly Haskell Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited
Your Price: $29.50 CDN
Out of Print
Author: Molly Haskell
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 244
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0300117523
ISBN-13: 9780300117523
About the book:

How and why has the saga of Scarlett O'Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our imagination for almost three-quarters of a century?

In the first book ever to deal simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel and David Selznick's spectacular film version of Gone with the Wind, film critic Molly Haskell seeks the answers. By all industry predictions, the film should never have worked. What makes it work so amazingly well are the fascinating and uncompromising personalities that Haskell dissects here: Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivien Leigh. As a feminist and onetime Southern adolescent, Haskell understands how the story takes on different shades of meaning according to the age and eye of the beholder. She explores how it has kept its edge because of Margaret Mitchell's (and our) ambivalence about Scarlett and because of the complex racial and sexual attitudes embedded in a story that at one time or another has offended almost everyone.

Haskell imaginatively weaves together disparate strands, conducting her story as her own inner debate between enchantment and disenchantment. Sensitive to the ways in which history and cinema intersect, she reminds us why these characters, so riveting to Depression audiences, continue to fascinate 70 years later.

What people say:

A beautifully detailed account of a landmark in the history of American popular entertainment from one of the best writers on film we have.” — Martin Scorsese

Beautifully written and fascinating to digest, Molly Haskell’s ‘Frankly, My Dear’ towers above any other book that’s yet been written about Gone with the Wind. It has the kind of insights into the Wind phenomenon that only a writer of Molly Haskell’s stature, wisdom and clarity could give us. It is quite the perfect toast to both the book and to the film version of Wind on the latter’s 70th birthday.” — Robert Osborne, Host of Turner Classic Movies

About the Author:

Molly Haskell is a writer and film critic. She has lectured widely on the role of women in film and is the author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies. She lives in New York City.