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ZAPmedia Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the 1939 Film Premier of “Gone With the Wind”

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2009ZAPmedia, leading publisher of under reported historical fiction, today remembers the Dec. 15, 1939 film premier of “Gone With the Wind.” Seventy years later, with 10 Academy Awards and a ranking in the top 100 American Films of All Time, “Gone With the Wind” continues to inspire audiences all over the world. The second novel by Dr. Paula Phelan, “1939-Into the Dark,” highlights the cultural and artistic community that was at its pinnacle when “Gone With the Wind” hit the big screen. 1939 is often referred to as the Golden Year of Hollywood, and throughout the novel Phelan provides reviews of dozens of top movies of the year, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Stagecoach,” “Gunga Din,” “Pygmalion,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “Dark Victory” and “The Women.”

Gone With the Wind:

  • Adapted from the novel published in 1936 by Margaret Mitchell, “Gone With the Wind” made its premier on the big screen on Dec. 15, 1939 in Atlanta. The film was introduced as the climax of three days of festivities hosted by Mayor William B. Hartsfield that consisted of a parade of limousines featuring stars from the film, receptions, thousands of Confederate flags, false antebellum fronts on stores and homes as well as a costume ball.
  • The film takes place in the American South telling the story of the Civil War and its aftermath. Stars of the film included Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.
  • “Gone With the Wind” has sold more tickets in the United States than any other film in history and is considered a prototype of a Hollywood blockbuster. It is still viewed as one of the most popular films ever made and remains the highest grossing film of all time in the United States and the UK.

1939-Into the Dark:

  • “1939 – Into the Dark” takes place over a twelve-month period when America reached its creative zenith in art and culture with New York and its World’s Fair as the focal point.
  • Written by author Paula Phelan, the novel follows the lives of fictional and historical characters throughout the pivotal events of 1939.
  • By using the columns of a theater critic and war correspondent, Phelan vividly shows the American art world at its zenith as it is eclipsed by the pending world war.

Excerpt from 1939 – Into the Dark:

“How fitting the opening dialogue of the most anticipated film in Hollywood history should begin with, ‘War, war, war. Is that all anyone can talk about?’ Miss Scarlett O’Hara may have been talking about the foreshadowing of the Civil War in Gone With the Wind, but she might as well have been talking about our next great World War. This art critic has found that fewer and fewer column inches are available for the discussion of art as they are now dedicated to the maneuverings of the world powers.

It saddens me to think that remarkable art is never produced during the years of war, but rather during peace. I see a dark time coming for art in this country and in all countries. It might be years before we again see the light of day. Until then, your faithful watcher of the creative will immerse himself, with the rest of the planet, Into the Dark.

Gone With the Wind - Finally, on a windy cold day in Atlanta the movie we have all waited for premiered. Gone with the Wind has not only lived up to the hype associated with the multimillion dollar production, but has also remained true to the book. Congratulations to all the screenwriters and directors affiliated with the picture.”

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