Gone With The Wind is ranked by the AFI as the 6th greatest American film (It was formerly ranked 4th on the old 1998 list), but I know lots of people who can't stand this supposed American institution. They cite it as an overlong glorified soap opera, or pine about the outdated black stereotypes I'm curious what people on this board think of the film. I've changed my stance on the film over the years. I certainly recognized it as a great accomplishment the first time I saw . However, outside of a few scenes here and there, I didn't really like it. I loved the technicolor filmography, Max Steiner soundtrack, the epic scope and acting etc. But that said, the love quadrangle plot didn't interest me much and I found Scarlett terribly annoying. I watched the film yesterday however, and I've realized that I like the film more and more each time I revisit it, to the point where it's becoming a favorite. I've gained a respect for Scarlett, even if I still don't really find myself caring for her much. Clark Gable is a powerful force in the film. He has so many great sarcastic lines and just exudes masculinity. If anything still bothers me in the film, it's that the second half isn't as strong as the first, and the last hour or so actually starts to drag (at about the point Rhett and Scarlett are married). Losing the Civil War backdrop removes a lot of the mood, and the depressing relationship problems certainly aren't as rousing as the early romance was. It's by design, but it's pretty tough to sit through that. I'm going to discuss the race issue, since it will inevitably come up. It personally never bothered me, although I get the complaints.It's a product of it's time and what is there isn't terribly offensive imo (They actively tried to avoid the infamy of Birth of a Nation). One thing is for sure, David Selznick had a vision and the balls to see it through. What do you guys think?