Full Circle?

Fandango Groovers Movie Blog

Have we come full circle? During the golden age of cinema films stayed in cinemas for much longer than we would expect these days. Gone with the Wind was released in 1939 and stayed in cinemas for around four years selling a reported 60 million tickets. This was at a time during the war when TV didn’t exist in the way we know it now (and wasn’t broadcast in any form in the UK). It was re-releases eight times (in 1947, 1954, 1961, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1989, and 1998) six of those were before home video took off. The success of Gone with the Wind and the $3.3 billion (adjusted for inflation) that it is reported to have made is down to the amount of time it spent in cinemas and the TV sales in the 70’s. Amazingly its world television premiere took nearly forty years on HBO in 1976…

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