Missing a Classic
You might be surprised that someone who claims to be a huge film buff had never seen one of the most iconic and well-known films of all time, but it's true. I made it into my mid-30s before actually sitting down to watch Gone With the Wind from beginning to end. There had certainly been moments of catching a few scenes on TV throughout the years, but to devote nearly 4 hours of my life to watching the film...it just never happened.
Then I was at the local library about a week ago browsing through the Blu-Ray shelf and happened upon the 70th anniversary edition of the film and figured, why not? It was Labor Day weekend and even with three kids in the house, I might be able to throw it in after they were in bed.
It turns out that watching a four hour movie is not easily done in one sitting. In fact, it took me three days to finish the entire thing. I managed to make it to Intermission on the first night, and to Scarlett and Rhett's honeymoon on the second, finally getting to see Rhett's famous exit line in context on night three.
I don't have the time to offer a full review here, especially since it would only be buried in the mountain of reviews that have been written about this film over the past 75 years. What I do have is the workings of a new poem based on the film.
As I noted above, I always knew how I wanted to write a poem based on this film. In a word: haiku. Gone With the Wind is the longest film to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture and I wanted to challenge myself to capture the essence of the story in the shortest form of poetry I'm aware of.
Now I know that I could write a poem that's even shorter than a three line haiku, but I wanted to stick with a recognized structure. That will make this the shortest poem in my series, lining up with the longest film that is part of the project.
So this post is a bit story, and a bit preview of what I will be posting within the week. I have a few rough outlines of what the poem will look like, but it's not quite ready for prime time yet. As soon as it is, you will see it here.