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Photograph of actress with tear stain make-up

Vivien Leigh in "Tear Stains" make-up still, ca. 1938
David O. Selznick Collection

The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014 – January 4, 2015

David O. Selznick's 1939 epic film, Gone With The Wind, was embroiled in controversy before a single frame was shot. Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film's depictions of race, violence, and cultural identity in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction continue to both compel and trouble audiences around the world.

The exhibition will reveal surprising stories about the making of this quintessential film from Hollywood's Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.

The exhibition will include over 300 original items from the Selznick archive housed at the Ransom Center including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, and fan mail. The exhibition will also feature gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as the beautiful and ambitious Scarlett O'Hara. The newly conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

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