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Reconstructing the "Script in Sketch Form": An Analysis of the Narrative Construction and Production Design of the Fire Sequence in "Gone with the Wind"

Alan David Vertrees
Film History
Vol. 3, No. 2 (1989), pp. 87-104
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3814934
Page Count: 18
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Reconstructing the "Script in Sketch Form": An Analysis of the Narrative Construction and Production Design of the Fire Sequence in "Gone with the Wind"
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Abstract

According to legend, a "complete script in sketch form" was prepared for "GONE WITH THE WIND" (Selznick, 1939) by production designer William Cameron Menzies. An analysis of the development of the fire sequence in this film compares Menzies' surviving sketches with the various script versions to determine degrees of correspondence. Most of these sketches are shown to correspond specifically to a series of revised script versions by Menzies and Oliver H. P. Garrett that were written early in December 1938. It cannot be said even of this most memorable and demanding episode that the film was precut, however. Further research results indicate that construction of this sequence was altered significantly by subsequent production scripts and postproduction continuities.

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