The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014–January 4, 2015
Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, makeup stills, concept art, costume sketches, audition footage, and producer David O. Selznick's memos. The green curtain dress and other gowns worn by Vivien Leigh are displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.
Before a single frame of film was shot, Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy. Selznick struggled to balance his desire for authenticity with audience expectations of spectacle. Americans debated who should be cast as Rhett and Scarlett. There were serious concerns about how the 1939 film, based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, would depict race, sex, and violence in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction.
This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.
Admission to the exhibition is free. No tickets or reservations are required. Your donation supports the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.
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Extended Hours for Gone With The Wind (starting Sept. 9):
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Member-only hours 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday
Gone With The Wind screentests will be shown in the Ransom Center's first-floor theater at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekends, immediately following the public tour.
The Ransom Center Galleries are closed the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.
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The Ransom Center is hosting a range of programs that extend the conversation that begins in the gallery, showing the film in its complexity.
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The Harry Ransom Center, a world-renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, houses extensive collections of literature, film, art, photography, and the performing arts.
Featuring more than 300 items from the archives of David O. Selznick, the film's producer, and his business partner John Hay "Jock" Whitney, The Making of Gone With The Wind (University of Texas Press and the Harry Ransom Center) is a fully illustrated companion catalog that offers fans and film historians alike a must-have behind-the-camera view of the production of this classic film.