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Frankly, My Dear By Molly Haskell

Frankly, My Dear
by Molly Haskell

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How and why has the saga of Scarlett O'Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our national imagination for almost three-quarters of a century? This book deals simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel and David Selznick's film version of "Gone with the Wind" to seek answers.
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Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisited by Molly Haskell

How and why has the saga of Scarlett O'Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our national imagination for almost three-quarters of a century? In the first book ever to deal simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell's beloved novel and David Selznick's spectacular film version of "Gone with the Wind", film critic Molly Haskell seeks the answers. By all industry predictions, the film should never have worked. What makes it work so amazingly well are the fascinating and uncompromising personalities that Haskell dissects here: Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivien Leigh. As a feminist and onetime Southern adolescent, Haskell understands how the story takes on different shades of meaning according to the age and eye of the beholder. She explores how it has kept its edge because of Margaret Mitchell's (and our) ambivalence about Scarlett and because of the complex racial and sexual attitudes embedded in a story that at one time or another has offended almost everyone.Haskell imaginatively weaves together disparate strands, conducting her story as her own inner debate between enchantment and disenchantment. Sensitive to the ways in which history and cinema intersect, she reminds us why these characters, so riveting to Depression audiences, continue to fascinate seventy years later.

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Frankly, My Dear Reviews


." . . an earnest work of moviegoer remembrance that's also affectionate scholarship . . . Haskell clarifies the long shadow that Scarlett O' Hara casts over the American movie imagination." -- Armond White, "International Herald Tribune"
--Armond White"International Herald Tribune" (03/03/2009)
"The era of Scarlett O'Hara is long "Gone with the Wind" but her story still fires our imagination. Molly Haskell explains why it mattered and, "Frankly My Dear," why it continues to." -;i>Vanity Fair"
--Elissa Schappell"Vanity Fair" (03/01/2009)
"With her sharp feeling for movie culture, sexual politics, and the elusive mores of the old South, Molly Haskell brilliantly sketches thecontribution of everyone who shaped "G""one with the ""W""ind" into a problematic butenduring popular classic." Morris Dickstein, author of "Gates of Eden" and "Leopards in the Temple"
--Morris Dickstein"
"A stunning piece of criticism, written with fever-pitch intensity, that demonstrates so movingly why it's impossible to name the kind of greatness found in" Gone with the Wind" and impossible to refrain from trying." Alan Trachtenberg, author of" Lincoln's SmileandOther Enigmas"
--Alan Trachtenberg"
. . .an earnest work of moviegoer remembrance that s also affectionate scholarship. . .Haskell clarifies the long shadow that Scarlett O Hara casts over the American movie imagination. Armond White, "International Herald Tribune"
--Armond White"International Herald Tribune" (03/03/2009)"
The era of Scarlett O Hara is long "Gone with the Wind" but her story still fires our imagination. Molly Haskell explains why it mattered and, "Frankly My Dear," why it continues to. -;i>Vanity Fair"
--Elissa Schappell"Vanity Fair" (03/01/2009)"
." . . affectionate scholarship . . . [Haskell] disentangles the film's qualities from the confounding issues of misogyny, racism and intellectual snobbery. . . . Haskell's critical sensitivity rescues Scarlett's Americanism and femininity, indicating how her image rebounds upon our eternal political struggles and deepest fantasies . . . " Armond White, "New York Times Book Review"
--Armond White "New York Times Book Review ""

About Molly Haskell


Molly Haskell is a writer and film critic. She has lectured widely on the role of women in film and is the author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies.

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GOR001204744
Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisited by Molly Haskell
Molly Haskell
Icons of America
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2009-03-03
256
0300117523
9780300117523
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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