"As God is my witness, I shall never go hungry again!"
Scarlett: Rhett... where shall I go? What shall I do?
Rhett: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
- AFI's #1 choice on their "100 Movie Quotes" list.
Joe Gillis: I suppose you would have passed on Gone With the Wind.
Myron Sheldrake: No, that was me. Who wants to see another Civil War picture, I said.
In many ways Gone with the Wind had itself been an act of symbolic reparation for D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. Instead of the undisguised racism of Griffith’s film, David O. Selznick’s lavish production dramatized the rise of the Ku Klux Klan without ever mentioning the murderous organization by name and by failing to have any of the “vigilantes” depicted in Wind’s second half wear white hoods, or lynch blacks, as they go about dealing with unidentified “troublemakers.