Nate and Ryan invite back Erick Fortmann to discuss Gone With the Wind, the 1939 classic that has always captivated moviegoers. However, over time, the reception of the movie and its messages have been called into question. Most recently, in the wake of the controversy over the Confederate flag, the image of the South and the “lost cause” of the Civil War put forth by Gone With the Wind has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths. Nate, Ryan, and Erick discuss the merits of the movie, the uncomfortable aspects of its message, and try to figure out if there is still a place for Gone With the Wind in contemporary culture and cinema.
As usual, we’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of Gone With the Wind? Does there come a time where a movie’s antiquated ethics are so far from modern society’s that the movies merits can’t outweigh it? Should we put Gone With the Wind out to pasture, or would that be a case of ignoring our history, putting us at risk of repeating it? Is Gone With the Wind as good as everyone thinks? Let us know!
PS: This episode is best listened to on the front porch with a mint julep. Bonus points if you’re able to tighten your corset to 18.5″.