Extra credit -comment in “Gone with the wind” and “The birth of a nation”

December 8th, 2010

­United States, 1939

Cast:

Clark Gable (Rhett)

Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara)

Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes)

Olivia De Havilland (Melanie Hamilton)

Director: Victor Fleming

Producer: David O. Selznick

Music: Max Steiner

U.S. Distributor: MGM

Running Length: 3:42

I have to say Gone with the wind is my all time favorite movie and I watched it over and over again. It is an epic romantic melodrama and I love the passionate saga of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, played out against the flaming red backdrop of the Civil War, generates enough romance, historic drama and deep emotion to fuel a dozen great films.

Actually, I think Gone with the wind’s story pattern is similar as The birth of a nation because both of them are talking about romance, war and racial issue. And both of them are long movie like over three hours (of course Gone with the wind is tend to the romance plot more and The birth of a nation is tend to the war part)

At the beginning scene of Gone with the wind, I see two black children are pushing the wheel to ring the bell and this scene is telling me the whites treat the blacks as the black instrumentality and I can’t see the two black children’s face clearly which means they are not important. The other scene in Gone with the wind is also showing the whites treat the black as a fan to make them comfortable and this is the other example of black Instrumentality.

And in The birth of a nation, some of the plots are showing me the whites treat the blacks in lynch and treat them like a servant. This two films are telling us the historic event about how the whites to treat the blacks in equality and this is the common point of Gone with the wind and The birth of a nation.

Even Gone with the wind and The birth of a nation have the common point about the racial issue but we can see Gone with the wind is more humanity than The birth of a nation. For example, Scarlett is very upset when she knew her mammy is died and Rhett brought a gift to Mammy (a red dress). But the birth of a nation is extremely discriminate the blacks like the whites treat them in violence and lynch which is very inhumanity.

Also the big difference between these two movies are Gone with the wind is a color movie and the Birth of a nation is a black and white movie. Of course I like Gone with the wind plot more because its plot pattern is very smooth and in consistent but The birth of a nation is kind of bored and I think the director made the film in a complicated mode because it is a black and white movie and without vocal dialogue so I think director should avoid to prolong the plot.

To my thinking, I really the extreme close up of Gone with the wind because I can see the variety facial expression of Scarlett and of course I do like the color movie more because I can see the beautiful dresses as Scarlett wears (her dresses are classic) And about The birth of a nation, I really hate the director (even some people say he is a great director) Griffith because he is extremely discriminate black people because I can’t see any black actors in his film, he just use the whites to pretend the blacks. I think The birth of a nation is a movie without respect.