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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292761260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292761261
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Steve Wilson is the curator of the film collection at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has curated several exhibitions at the Ransom Center, including Shooting Stars, a display of Hollywood glamour photography, and Making Movies, a major exhibition on film production.

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I was so desperate to acquire this book when it was published, I had it sent from Amazon in America, as it was available there first. Unable to actually to to the exhibition, I was hoping the book would make up for it and it certainly did.
I have many GWTW books, but this is the best.
Using the David.O. Selznick archive, it gives a day by day account of the filming and all the preparation for the film and it's premiere in Atlanta.
Lots of photographs that I had not seen before, many covering the whole page, so you can see all the detail.
A big book, both in size and depth, on good quality paper.
An absolute treasure, it really brings the film to life.
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HASH(0x8d810378) out of 5 stars THE BEST reference book on GWTW so far! 2 Oct. 2014
By steve j maddern - Published on
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Out of the dozen books I have collected on the movie over the last 30 years, this beautiful volume is by far the best. Stills are of course Black and white but there are many concept, set and costume sketches in color, Printed on a beautiful matte paper stock the photos are so clear you can pick out every detail, compared to some of the grainy photography in other books on uncoated paper. It covers everything from initial cast considerations to the premier in Atlanta. Absolutely a must for any serious GWTW fan.
S.M., Atlanta
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8105c4) out of 5 stars I assumed that this book would not have a great deal of information or photos that I had not ... 1 Oct. 2014
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After having bought and read everything related to the book and film of GWTW over the past forty years, I assumed that this book would not have a great deal of information or photos that I had not already seen; while it’s inevitable that there is some too familiar material here, the author has presented the work in a different format and has heavily relied on copies of memos and contracts that have not generally been seen ( there’s a copy of Gable’s contract for the film with an accompanying publicity photo. ) The actual layout of the book is quite impressive and the text is a combination of sources which adds up to an enjoyable and informative overview right up to the premiere night and Academy presentations. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book and how many photos were there that I’d never seen. This book would appeal to people wanting to learn about the film for the first time as well as those who have been travelling with the wind for a long time.
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HASH(0x8d810588) out of 5 stars Exquisite with beautiful photographs 28 Sept. 2014
By CJS - Published on
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This is a fantastic oversize book that covers the making of Gone With the Wind, written by the curator at University of Texas where producer David O. Selznick's items related to the film, including costumes, are housed. The photographs in the book are exquisite, with such detail, many of which you have not seen previously. The book described pre-production activities and then goes through the making of the film, month by month - as to what scenes where shot each month. Post-production activities and the Atlanta premiere are also discussed. The book also reproduces many of the memos that Selznick was famous for. These were a bit hard to read because some were fairly small and I did not realize until I got to the back of the book, that they were reproduced there. However, one of the items, Selznick's A list for invitees to premieres was not reproduced and I will need a magnifying glass to go back and review that document. This book is a MUST for any fan of GWTW.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d81087c) out of 5 stars What a book... 28 Sept. 2014
By Jill Meyer - Published on
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Margaret Mitchell's classic "Gone With The Wind" is one of my favorite books. I try to reread it every couple of years or so. It is as compelling to me as it was when I first read it in 8th grade. I took my copy to school and would "sneak read" when I was supposed to be listening to some boring ol' lesson. Not much came between me and my Scarlett.

But the movie "Gone With The Wind" frustrated me when I first saw it in 1967 and continues to bother me to this day. I sat in that huge theater in downtown Chicago and kept muttering to myself, "Where is that character?", "where is the scene between "so and so" and "so and so", and, of course, "uh, Scarlett had THREE children. Where are Wade Hampton and Ella Lorena?" I was proud that as a true "GWTW Book fan", I was not seduced by the film version of "my" book. As the years passed, I thought that had GWTW been made in the 1970's or 1980's, it would have - very properly - been made as a TV mini-series. Ten hours of GWTW would have gotten things right!

But "Gone With The Wind" was NOT made in the '70's, it was made as a movie in 1938 and 1939. All the time constraints, as well as production problems that come with making a movie almost four hours long, of a nation's favorite book are documented in Steve Wilson's enthralling book, "The Making of 'Gone With The Wind'". This is a huge book and for the GWTW film fan it is a must read. I was not a film fan, and I still enjoyed the book. I don't think there was a memo or a drawing of an article of clothing or a screen test that wasn't included in the book.

The movie "Gone With The Wind" got its start right before the book's publication. Producer David O Selznick ("DOS" in the memos) was advised by his staffer to buy the rights to the book, and he authorised her to spend up to $50,000. Upon winning the rights, he put into action the preparation to film this colossal best seller. Immediately he ran into problems. While Clark Gable was everyone's first choice as Rhett Butler, DOS was unable to find "his" Scarlett. Hollywood actress after actress tested for the part and Selznick International Pictures sent representatives to southern cities to "find" Scarlett among the local belles. Filming had already begun when English actress Vivian Leigh was signed to play the pivotal role in December, 1938.

One of the most interesting things in Steve Wilson's book are the complaints made by various groups and individuals during the filming. From the KKK to the NAACP to the "United Daughters of the Confederacy" to groups representing the Union side, everyone had a beef. It would take the soul of tact to deal with all these complaints but DOS and his staff did an admirable job. But in addition to these groups, Selznick had the "Hays Code" to deal with. Steve Wilson includes in the book pages of dialog ruled on by the group, slashing words and phrases that deal with childbirth, battle injuries, and other matters that were deemed to be too delicate for movie goers of the times. Everyone knows the battle about Rhett muttering that unforgettable line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", but there were many other clashes between producer and Hays Code enforcers before then.

As I wrote above, Steve Wilson's book is a great book for movie fans and GWTW fans, in particular. Even though it wasn't my favorite movie, I've enjoyed watching it and am always amazed at the gasps in the theater when the camera shows Rhett Butler/Clark Gable at the bottom of the stairs at Twelve Oaks. Gable didn't want to attempt a southern accent and the book alludes to that. That was one of the many details DOS and his crew fretted about. And only one of the many details in the book.
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HASH(0x8d8108dc) out of 5 stars ALMOST AS BIG AS THE FILM ITSELF! 16 Oct. 2014
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If you thought that you didn't need another book on "Gone With the Wind" think again. When I pre-ordered this I had my reservations if there was going to be enough "new" material to warrant the purchase price. But this fantastic publication to commemorate the 75th. anniversary of the old classic is a marvel. Culled from the archives of David O. Selznick and his business partner Jock Whitney and housed at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, this beautifully presented publication is a joy to behold and a must have book for both GWTW fans and general film book collectors. Easily one of the film book events of the year and by far the most lavish and spectacular GWTW book out there. The gathering of material including memos, letters, production schedules, extensive sections on screen tests, costuming, production design, behind the scenes and filming along with pre-production background with Margaret Mitchell and Selznick and the hoopla with the final release and exhibition are all featured magnificently in this priceless array of archival photos.
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