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MAKING OF A LEGEND is one of the great documentaries around filmmaking. Few movies had actually a more interesting manufacturing than GWTW and the documentary did a terrific task at extending it. I"d go as much as to say I think the story behind GWTW is more exciting than the movie itself. If memory serves, Olivia didn"t participate in the documentary which could be its just noticeable gap; as the sole surviving main actors member, her involvement would have actually been advantageous. (Her very own documentary, MELANIE REMEMBERS, isn"t nearly as good.) As for GWTW itself, I admit I have muddled feelings about it. I generally have actually no problem putting works of art in the context of the time they were made, but GWTW is so deeply rooted in and also responsible for perpetuating an inherent lie -- that moonlight & magnolias, noble Lost Causage BS that the South has actually pushed for 160 years -- I find it an increasingly bitter pill to swenable. It"s not unchoose a grand romance set in 1930s Germany kind of where the heroes are all Nazi-sympathizers. Beyond that, I think the movie stops working for the reason mentioned: Leslie Howard is devastating and I uncover it difficult to believe Scarlett would moon over that mawkish pansy once the alternate was Clark Gable.Which isn"t to say I find the movie negative. It"s a impressive manufacturing through some absolutely gorgeous visuals and is, at times, an emotionally charged melodrama. Vivien Leigh"s florid performance is just one of the finest and practically carries the film on her shoulders. And, yes, Mammy is the just character in the movie that I actually favor. Maybe she"s a racist stereokind, but she"s cautious and salty; I think I"d quite watch a movie about her.