This week on Two Way Street Bill Nigut marks the 75th anniversary of the world premiere of Gone with the Wind
, which took place in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. Guest Matthew Bernstein, Chair of Film and Media at Emory University
, shares fascinating behind the scenes stories about how city leaders campaigned to get producer David O. Selznick to bring the premiere to Georgia…about the clash of Hollywood’s liberal values with the conservative culture of the South…how segregation made an impact on the festivities…how hundreds of thousands of Georgians turned out to see Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in person…and how Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind,
fought against any involvement in promoting the film.