The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis programmed a summer series and included the iconic film “Gone with the Wind.” On August 11, the Orpheum received numerous negative comments about the film prompting them to drop it from their 2018 series.
Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award at the 12th Academy Awards. The film received ten Academy Awards.
Movie goers voiced their concern about the film’s portrayal of people of color via Facebook. The Orpheum released a statement saying:
“While title selections for the series are typically made in the spring of each year, the Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries from patrons.
“The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the mid-south community. The recent screening of Gone With the Wind at the Orpheum on Friday, August 11, 2017, generated numerous comments. The Orpheum carefully reviewed all of them.
“As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves,’ the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”
This 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel was directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).