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‘Gone With the Wind’

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in a scene from the film.

Fathom’s Big Screen Classics series continues with the landmark 1939 drama Gone With The Wind — returning to select theaters nationwide in honor of its 85th anniversary on April 7, 8, and 10.

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. On the eve of the American Civil War, rich, beautiful and self-centered Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh, in her Oscar®-winning role) has everything she could want—except Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). But as the war devastates the South, Scarlett discovers the strength within herself to protect her family and rebuild her life. Through everything, she longs for Ashley, seemingly unaware that she is already married to the man she really loves (Gable) — and who truly loves her — until she finally drives him away. Only then does Scarlett realize what she has lost…and decides to win him back.

Recognized as one of the greatest films of all time, Gone With The Wind is the winner of eight Academy Awards® (plus two special achievement Oscars), including honors for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director for Victor Fleming, Best Actor for Clark Gable, Best Actress for Vivien Leigh, and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel.

Each screening includes an exclusive introduction by fan-favorite film historian Leonard Maltin, discussing the tremendous impact that Gone With The Wind continues to have on both cinema and culture over eight decades after its original release.

Locally the film will be screened at AMC Loews Stony Brook 17,  Showcase Cinema de lux in Farmingdale,  Regal UA in Farmingdale, and Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville. To order tickets in advance, visit www.fathomevents.com.

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in a scene from ‘Gone with the Wind’ Photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Fiddle-dee-dee! It’s been 80 years since “Gone With the Wind” was first released and to celebrate the momentous anniversary, the classic film will return to select theaters nationwide on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 3, courtesy of Warner Bros., Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events.

The film, which premiered in 1939, won eight Oscars and received two additional honorary Oscars, making it one of the most honored movies ever.

The epic drama, based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, stars Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Clark Gable and Olivia de Havilland (the film’s last surviving principal cast member at 102!) and Hattie McDaniel, who was the first black actor to ever win an Oscar.

Set in Georgia during the turbulent times of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period, the film follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara, a spirited Southern belle who tries to keep her family’s plantation afloat amid a series of romantic affairs.

The special screening includes a 4-minute intermission.

Participating theaters in our neck of the woods include Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook on Feb. 28 and March 3 at 1 and 6 p.m. To purchase your ticket in advance, visit www.fathomevents.com.