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GONE WITH THE WIND – Max Steiner

November 30, 2015 2 comments

gonewiththewind100 GREATEST SCORES OF ALL TIME

Original Review by Craig Lysy

Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone With The Wind” caught legendary producer David O. Selznick’s eye and he saw destiny in the making. MGM purchased the film rights for and unprecedented $50,000 and set about to do the impossible – translate the massive 1,037 page story to the big screen. No film to this date provided such an epic sweep and six hours of film were shot, which featured thousands of actors. Set in the Ante-bellum era of the South circa 1860, its tells a story of love, envy, betrayal and the clash of cultures, which results in the loss of a way of life, swept away in the destructive torrents of war. Max Steiner had already firmly established himself as first among his peers and was tasked by Selznick to bring his passion project to fruition. He insisted on a score that was authentic and provided the epic sweep necessary to support the film’s narrative. Steiner responded and provided a masterwork, which many believe is his Magnum Opus. Consistent with the methods of the European Romantic traditions, which he championed, he provided eleven leitmotifs, one for each of the primary actors. Read more…