Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
Is there anyone alive today who isn’t familiar with those words from Gone With the Wind? Here’s how that last scene plays out, as referenced at imdb.com:
Rhett: My darling, you're such a child. You think that by saying, "I'm sorry," all the past can be corrected. Here, take my handkerchief. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.
Scarlett: Rhett! Rhett, where are you going?
Rhett: I'm going back to Charleston, back where I belong
Scarlett: Please, please take me with you!
Rhett: No, I'm through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.
Rhett: That's your misfortune (Rhett turns to walk down the stairs)
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett! (Scarlett watches Rhett walk to the door)
Scarlett: Rhett! (Runs down the stairs after Rhett)
Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett! (Catches him as he's walking out the front door)
Scarlett: Rhett ... if you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?
Rhett: Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. (Rhett walks off into the fog)
I read Margaret Mitchell’s book a dozen times or more as an adolescent but didn’t see the movie until much later. Although I enjoyed it, I had already pictured each scene so many times that while I wasn’t actually disappointed with the movie, it just didn’t play out as did the movie in my head.
To give credit, special effects in some scenes of the movie version of GWTW were well ahead of their time (the movie was filmed in 1939), rivaling any done today. The cast also was fabulous; the chemistry between Clark Gable (Rhett
Another favorite from Gone With the Wind is when fickle Scarlett (as Rhett thought her to be) utters fiddledee dee throughout the movie, in true Scarlett O'Hara fashion.
What are some of your favorite quotes or famous lines from books or movies?
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If you're a GWTW fan, you might like this Definitive Illustrated History of the Book, Movie and the Legend, or the Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition of the movie on CD.