I first heard of this line in first or second year high school.
Thanks to my English teacher, my friends and I were exposed to Gone With The Wind early. We must have watched the movie 4-5 times, I lost count. Those were the days when my friends and I had beta party in my house. Beta, as in betamax. Yes, we were using betamax then. If I could get hold of a CD or DVD copy of Gone With the Wind, that would be extreme joy.
I used to admire Scarlett O’Hara’s characrer. But as I got older, I realized, she is not my heroine. She’s manipulative and cunning. And ruthless! Take this:
“As God is my witness. As God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over I’ll never be hungry again nor any of my folk. If I have lo lie, steal, cheat or kill as God is my witness I’ll never be hungry again.”
The positive side of her though couldn’t be discounted. She is a strong woman. And what a strength and never-ending hope. She lives each day as it unfolds for:
“After all… Tomorrow is another day”
Aside from the movie, I was also engrossed with Vivien Leigh. What a beauty! I read somewhere that she practiced Scarlett O’Hara’s mannerisms in the mirror countless times before she came to the audition. She just proved perfect for the role after a meticulous selection process for the actress to play Scarlett. The filming has in fact started without anyone to play Scarlett yet. Though it is common to have doubles in movies, the burning of Atlanta scene where Scarlett was supposed to be sitting beside Rhett in a wagon was necessarily done by a stunt double… for there was no Scarlett yet when the scene was shot.
Could you imagine a sexier Rhett Butler than Clark Gable? His imposing screen presence matched Vivien Leigh’s powerful portrayal. How strong Scarlett and Rhett were? Take this declaration of love by Rhett to Scarlett:
“There’s one thing I do know, and that is that I love you, Scarlett. In spite of you and me and the whole silly world going to pieces around us, I love you. Because we’re alike – bad lots both of us, selfish and shrewd, but able to look things in the eyes and call them by their right names… I’ve loved you more than I’ve ever loved any woman. I’ve waited for you more than I’ve ever waited for any woman.”
Not exactly the kind of declaration any woman would want to hear, but that’s just the most romantic Rhett could manage with a woman like Scarlett.
Oh… Gone With The Wind… a CD or DVD copy, please… anyone?