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1)Іп 1926 Margaret Mitchell, a journalist and a housewife. from Atlanta, started to write a book, which she finished ten years later.

2) It is a long, romantic and exciting novel about a beautiful young woman, Scarlett O’Hara, and twelve years in her life just before, during and after the American Civil War (1861-1863). In the book Scarlett marries Rhet Butler, the tall, dark and handsome hero, but she doesn’t love him. All the time she loves the man who is married.

3) David O. Selznick, a Hollywood film producer, decided to make a film of «Gone with the Wind».

4) He chose a famous film star of the time, Clarke Gable, for the part of Rhet Butler, but he couldn’t find anyone for the part of Scarlett.

5) He searched for two and a half years and when on the night of December 10, 1938, all the cameras were ready to film an important scene in the picture — the burning of the city of Atlanta, Selznick still did not have an actress for Scarlett.

6) At that time, Vivien Leigh, a young British actress, was in Hollywood with her fiance, Laurence Olivier. Selznick’s brother, Myron, knew the couple and asked them to come and watch the fire scene.

7) He took them to the studios, found his brother and tapped him on the shoulder. David O. Selznick turned round and saw the beautiful face of Vivien Leigh. «David, here’s your Scarlett,» Myron said.

8 ) The picture took three years, three directors, half a million feet of film and 4,5 million dollars to produce, nearly bankrupting the Selznick studio…

9)Nevertheless the film was quickly dubbed in Hollywood, won eight Academy Awards,including an award for the best actress of the year and the best direction.

10) It is considered to be one of the greatest motion pictures of all times.

#1.(…) Was it an easy and quick task to find the proper film star for the part of Scarlett?

#2 (…) How long did it take the author to write this unforgettable novel?

#3. ( ..) Did the film win academic recognition m the USA ?

#4. (…) Which page in American history serves as a background in the novel?

#5 (…) Was the picture financially very profitable in the beginning?

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