'Gone With The Wind' to return to HBO Max with a new introduction by a black scholar

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jun 15, 2020, 02:43 PM(IST)

'Gone With The Wind' starred Hollywood Icons Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable Photograph:( Twitter )

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The Civil war drama remains the highest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation. It had eight Oscars -- including Hattie McDaniel's historic win, who was the first Black actress the win an Oscar.

'Gone With The Wind' will be returning to HBO Max with some additional content. The 1939 classic was removed last week from the OTT platform's library amid the ongoing anti-racism protests in America.

The latest reports state that when the film returns to the streaming service -- the date of which is still unclear -- it will include an introduction from black scholar Jacqueline Stewart. Stewart is a Turner Classic Movies host and professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.

Stewart herself made the announcement in an op-ed called 'Why we can't turn away from 'Gone With The Wind' published by CNN.

"HBO Max will bring 'Gone with The Wind' back to its line-up, and when it appears, I will provide an introduction placing the film in its multiple historical contexts," she wrote. "For me, this is an opportunity to think about what classic films can teach us. Right now, people are turning to movies for racial re-education, and the top-selling books on Amazon are about anti-racism and racial inequality."

"If people are really doing their homework, we may be poised to have our most informed, honest, and productive national conversations yet about Black lives on screen and off," Stweart concluded.

When the movie was pulled down, HBO Max had added that they would be re-adding the classic at a later date. The date of its return has still not been specified.

The Civil war drama remains the highest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation. It had eight Oscars -- including Hattie McDaniel's historic win, who was the first Black actress the win an Oscar. The film over the years has been subjected to speculation and scrutiny over its depictions of black people and slavery.

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