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“GWTW” author’s evolution on race provides a fascinating focal point for new GPB “Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel” doc premiering tonight
Perhaps like many "Gone With the Wind" weary Atlantans, GPB executive director Teya Ryan openly admits to being "lukewarm" to producing an in-house original documentary on the life and career of the novel's Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell. "I thought the idea was kind of old, kind of passe," Ryan said during a recent advance media screening of the beautifully produced film directed and written by Pamela Roberts. The documentary premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on GPB followed at 9 p.m. with an encore presentation and a simultaneous online chat with Roberts on GPB.org.
Sometime after midnight, in the early morning of December 16, 1939—more than five hours after settling into their seats—the city’s elite flowed out of Loew’s Grand Theatre, overjoyed at the spectacle they’d just witnessed. Margaret Mitchell emerged, enormously relieved. Hollywood had not destroyed her story after all.
Mary Rose Taylor’s instinct for storytelling made her a key link with Tom Wolfe’s new novel, ”A Man in Full.” It’s the same instinct that has embroiled her in controversy over the Margaret Mitchell House.
When the world comes to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, it will be looking for Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler — not for the animated airbrush named Izzy the city has chosen for its mascot. This is because Atlanta has for so long so successfully defined itself by Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind.
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