|Photo by Chris Lane|
|Scarlet O'Hara's famous curtain dress is amazing up close.|
During the hectic holidays, it's easy to miss out on cool things that are going on around town, and even easier to to miss out on interesting events that are happening outside of our immediate area, but for classic movie buffs who don't mind a short road trip, there is currently a treat waiting for them on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
The "Making of Gone With the Wind" exhibit is on display until January 4, 2015 at the Harry Ransom Center, and is well worth a day trip to Austin.
|Phot by Chris Lane|
|These 75-year-old storyboards look like they were drawn yesterday.|
I collect movie props as a hobby, and although only a casual fan of "Gone With the Wind," I was blown away at the exhibition, which consists of many dresses worn by Vivian Leigh, which have not been displayed in 25 years, as well as production storyboards, costume designs, scripts, and fan mail. Some of the more interesting items were the sometimes angry correspondences between the various people responsible for bringing the movie to the screen, and those offer an eye opening glimpse into the inner workings of the studio system in late 1930s Hollywood. There was an ongoing controversy even before the film was shot - a balancing act by producer David O. Selznick, who wanted to make the film historically accurate, and the desire by the public who expected to be wowed by the sheer spectacle of the film.