Matthew Bernstein, chair of film and media studies at Emory University, will speak on “’Selznick’s March': The Atlanta Premiere of Gone with the Wind” Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The world premiere of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta was the culmination of months of anxious and complicated negotiations between producer David O. Selznick, distributor MGM, their staffs and the city of Atlanta. Bernstein offers an in-depth look at the challenges of staging the December, 1939 premiere in a segregated southern city and the ways in which the Atlanta premiere crystallized many of the issues Selznick faced in making the film.
The talk complements a current exhibit at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library gallery: “Look What the Wind Blew In: Behind the Scenes Letters of Margaret Mitchell and Her Friends.” The exhibit highlights correspondence in the Margaret Mitchell Collection, the largest collection of her personal papers, and includes items related to the making of the movie, borrowed from the collection of the late Herb Bridges. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 23.
Open free to the public, the event is sponsored by the UGA Department of Theater and Film Studies and the UGA Libraries.