In the last scene of the first half of the movie “Gone with the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivian Leigh, raises her right fist in the air and says in her Civil War-torn homeland, “I’m going to do what I have to do. As God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this, and when it’s all over… I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill… as God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!”
Despite her swear to God, I was surprised that her words were contrary to the doctrine.
After this, it was beautiful to see the preppy O’Hara living a strong life for her beloved family and hometown.
“Gone with the Wind” was first released in Japan in 1952. At that time in Japan, the scars of war lingered here and there, and people were struggling to get through each day. But the movie was a big hit.
The Japanese people of the time, who were devastated by the war but were still trying to rebuild, must have seen themselves in the heroine, Scarlett, who stood strong in her war-torn hometown. Watching “Gone with the Wind” with these thoughts in mind will make you feel even more moved.
By the way, during the war with the U.S., some Japanese soldiers who saw “Gone with the Wind” in the occupied territories thought, “We can’t win a war with a country that makes such great movies.”
Mさんは、若いのに古い映画が好きなのですね。わたしも数が月前に、昔の香港の様子をみたくて、「Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing」(1955年) 古い映画をみました。