chapter  7
17 Pages

SHARED DREAMS Reproducing Gone with the Wind

WithHarriett Hawkins

David O. Selznick himself believed that film versions of successful novels and plays were likely to succeed because they provided the public with a welcome change from the hackneyed plots and stock characters that film audiences knew 'even better' than did the makers of the formulaic movies that (then as now) were being ground out with 'machinelike efficiency and standardization'.2 He thus produced a true-to-text adaptation of Gone with the Wind in opposition to conventional wisdom concerning the need for 'sympathetic' heroines, macho heroes and happy endings. By contrast, the experiences portrayed in Gone with the Wind are a succession of defeats countered only by sheer determination to surmount them on the part of an unsympathetic heroine and unrequited lover whose fmal fate is left in doubt.