Criticized as historical revisionism, yet credited for triggering changes to the way African-Americans are depicted on film, Gone with the Wind is considered the most successful film in box-office history despite its romanticization of slavery. Based on a best seller by Southern writer Margaret Mitchell, the film buys heavily into the idea that the Civil War was a noble lost cause and casts Yankee sympathizers as the villains during the war and Reconstruction.
Join us for the first half of the film tonight (second half on March 11), followed by conversation with film historians Jacqueline Stewart (University of Chicago professor of Cinema & Media Studies, BCH curator) and Miriam Petty (Northwestern University, assistant professor of Radio/TV/Film).
(Victor Fleming, 3 hrs, 58min, 1939)
Seeds of Disunion: Classics in Black Stereotypy Film Series On the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), Black Cinema House presents a series of important films in the history of Black representation that, due to their notorious reputations, many contemporary viewers have never actually watched, certainly not in their entirety.