“gone With the Wind“It’s no longer gone … HBO Max is restoring the movie to its library after a 2-week hiatus, but this time the streaming platform is adding a disclaimer.
The 1939 classic will return to HBO Max with a historical context that includes 2 videos, the first showing the TCM presenter and film scholar. Jacqueline Stewart talking about “why this 1939 epic drama should be seen in its original form, contextualized, and discussed.”
Stewart said in the film’s introductory video, “Watching ‘Gone with the Wind’ can be uncomfortable. Even painful. However, it is important that classic Hollywood movies are available in their original form for viewing and discussion. They reflect the social context in which they were created and invites viewers to reflect on their own values and beliefs by seeing them now. “
The presenter added: “The film’s treatment of this world through a nostalgic lens negates the horrors of slavery, as well as its legacies of racial inequality.”
The second video is a one-hour panel discussion to discuss the film’s complicated legacy … filmed at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2019.
As we reported earlier this month … HBO Max initially took out the movie after the writer of “12 years of slavery” John Ridley He wrote an opinion piece calling for its removal as the film puts slavery in a positive light. Just a few hours later, HBO Max said it would bring the film back, but would add historical context and denounce its racist depictions.
“Gone With the Wind” won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel, who played Scarlett’s maid, Mammy.
She was the first black Academy winner, but that night at the ceremony she was forced to sit separately from her peers due to segregation.