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THE COMPLICATED LEGACY OF GONE WITH THE WIND

Upon its 1936 publication, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was the subject of high praise but also criticism for its depiction of slavery, which was reignited when David O. Selznick announced plans to bring the novel to the screen. His 1939 adaptation still had its critics but most praised it, and Hattie McDaniel’s performance made her the first African American to win an Academy Award. Now, 80 years after its release, the film is still popular yet rife with debate, as some have called for boycotts of its screening, while others argue for context around its showing. Join a group of panelists as they discuss the complicated history of this classic and what the future holds for its status in film history. Panel featuring: Stephanie Allain, film producer; Molly Haskell, author and film critic; Jacqueline Stewart, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago; and moderated by Donald Bogle, film historian and author.

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