Wednesday, December 01, 2004

"You're The Dummy" -- "No, You're the Dummy!"

Gone With The Wind has many classic scenes, of course, but one in particular has some intriguing backstory. Melanie is in labor, Prissy don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies, and Scarlett is frantically searching for Dr. Meade, who is helpless among a crowd of injured and dying soldiers. The camera pans back, and the screen fills with soldiers, with Scarlett, stricken with reality and guilt and anger, in the middle. There actually weren't enough extras to play all the soldiers, so over half of them are mannequins. Some of the humans in the shot had strings and sticks to help wiggle their immobile compatriots, so as to help them better portray those wartime agonies.

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