Frankly, my dear, the "Gone With the Wind" online exhibit is darn good.
Other than an address (www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/HRC/HRHRC/DOS/GWTW/GWTW.html) that's as long as the movie is epic, the online exhibit is an entertaining visit while the 1939 film is in its remastered re-release.The "GWTW" online exhibit was launched in October by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, using resources from the David O. Selznick Archive. Selznick produced the movie.
By tapping into Selznick's archive, site creator Steve Wilson was able to post video of screen tests, transcriptions of memos and letters and dozens of photographs.
The exhibit is divided into three sections: The Search for Scarlett, Costumes and Makeup, and The Book Purchase.
The Scarlett section uses multimedia to detail how Selznick and his staff cast Scarlett. Included are photographs of many of the top contenders and videos from the screen tests.
The Costumes and Makeup section includes video of the famous Curtain Dress, the outfit Scarlett made from the green velvet curtains of her Tara plantation.
The Book Purchase section displays memos, telegrams, teletypes and letters that tell the story of how Selznick and Katherine Brown, his New York story editor, acquired the film rights to Margaret Mitchell's novel.
Selznick's archives are also available online.
Future sections have been considered, but no plans have been made, Wilson said.