'Gone with the Wind', to make you feel grateful that your Thanksgiving doesn't involve the burning of Atlanta. Then Thursday they had 'The Godfather' 1 and 2, and for Black Friday, a slew of Hitchcock classics.
I found myself tuning into this off and on last week. It's hard not to get sucked into the epicness of the entire production. The sweeping score, the costumes that wouldn't fit through my front door, the outrageous characters, and the famous lines spoken in Southern drawl. I love a good Hollywood classic, and this is definitely one of them. But man, is this thing long. No wonder they save marathons for holidays, otherwise no one has time to sit down long enough anymore to go from credits to credits. But that makes it part of the magic of the holidays, I guess.
As an aside: I just started up another swap on Ravelry, themed around Jane Austen. So as I was watching, I was thinking about how Scarlett's ultimate love is Tara, her home. I think there's a lot to be said for the women of Austen's novels as in love with property as their romantic partners. Even though Austen would tend to make a heroine out of someone like Melanie more than Scarlett, who is so much more of a Thackeray, Becky Sharp type, I think there are some things Jane might recognize.
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