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Gone with the Wind (1939) w/ Stephen M. Klugewicz

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Described in a recent LA Times op-ed by ‘12 Years a Slave’ screenwriter John Ridley as “a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color,” Gone with the Wind is, nevertheless, one of the most enduringly popular and culturally significant films of all time.

In this episode, James and Thomas take a momentary departure from the Vatican Film List to consider instead this classic and controversial film, in conversation with American historian Dr. Stephen M. Klugewicz, Director of Academic Affairs of the Free Enterprise Institute and Editor of The Imaginative Conservative.

Next time, we return to the Vatican Film List to discuss the first installment of Dekalog, the 10-part series of films directed by Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieślowski. (See below for info on how to watch these films.) Join the discussion in our Facebook group:


The Imaginative Conservative:

TCM Host and film scholar Jacqueline Stewart’s introduction to Gone with the Wind:

Essay contrasting the film with the novel

North Against South: The American Illiad, 1848-1877

Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission.

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is Director of Podcasts for and hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

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