Winner of 10 Academy Awards, Gone with the Wind remains popular decades after its 1939 premiere. Hollywoods highly romanticized movie of the Old South is based on Margaret Mitchells Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The true story of how Mitchells book became a record-breaking film is revealed in Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind at the N.C. Museum of History
in Raleigh. Showcasing authentic memorabilia costumes, screen tests, scene props, a script, Vivien Leighs Academy Award and more the exhibit will run through Jan. 13, 2013. Admission and weekend parking are free.
The Museum of History is the only venue in the Southeast to feature Real to Reel. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see more than 120 items from the James Tumblin collection. Tumblin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, owns the largest private collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia.
Real to Reel takes museum visitors behind the scenes of one of the most famous films in Hollywood history, said Katie Edwards, who helped curate the exhibit. Through costume sketches, scene storyboards, letters and other items, the exhibit highlights the many tasks and challenges, as well as the controversy, involved in this major production.
Producer David O. Selznick oversaw the making of Gone with the Wind, with a cast and crew of 4,000, and insisted on approving every detail of production. Real to Reel spotlights the roles of individuals, both on-screen and off-screen, who helped create the film.
Movie buffs will recognize costumes worn by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and others. These costumes include Scarletts dress from the attack at Shantytown scene; Bonnie Blues velvet dress from her final scene; and the uniform Ashley Wilkes wore when he returned home after the Civil War. Of the 1,500 outfits Walter Plunkett designed for the film, his favorite appears in the exhibit: Belle Watlings burgundy velvet jacket and accompanying fur muff.
A sampling of other items in Real to Reel follows.
● Chair from the Smokers Room scene at the Twelve Oaks barbecue
● Max Steiners original theme music score for the movie
● Typewriter that screenwriter Sidney Howard used for the script
● Letter of appreciation that Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) wrote to a fan
● Production paintings such as the Burning of Atlanta scene
In addition to showcasing Tumblins collection, Real to Reel features several dolls created by artist Pete Ballard that are based on characters in Gone with the Wind.