Classic film comes to life
BY JORDAN HOWSE
ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
ARCHDALE — Pulling up to Thelma Jarvis’ two-story colonial home in a horse-drawn carriage, guests, dressed as characters from the classic movie “Gone With the Wind,” came for brunch in the backyard, transporting them to the Old South.
Jarvis lived one of her dreams Saturday by recreating the Old South depicted in the 1939 film that tells the story of a young woman during the Civil War and Reconstruction era.
“It’s been the talk of the town,” Jarvis said. “I’m 81 years old, and I’ve always wanted to do this. I said to myself, ‘If I don’t do it now, I’m not gonna do it.”
While the brunch was just for the women of the Red Had Society, a “Gone With the Wind” theme wouldn’t be complete without Rhett Butler and Ashley Wilkes, so some of the husbands attended as well.
“I planned this for two months,” Jarvis said. “We had Scarlett in front of the Tara (plantation) on the invitation, the day was gorgeous. It was all just wonderful.”
Jarvis prepared all the food for the event at her home with a bar serving lemonade, tea and coffee. She also arranged for a little entertainment.
“Some of us danced the waltz to ‘Mexican Wind’ in our full skirts,” she said. “Some of the ladies had parasols made of lace and ribbons. It was just a very elegant look, I thought.”
Red Hats from Greensboro, High Point, Archdale and Trinity attended the brunch party dressed as Mammy, Melanie Hamilton and, of course, Scarlett O’Hara.
“I’ve fulfilled a dream and it came to fruition, and I’m just so happy,” she said.
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Did you know...?
• “Gone With the Wind” was the First color film to win the Oscar for best picture.
• Half a million feet of film were shot, all edited down to 20,000 feet.
• For the premiere in Atlanta on Dec. 15, 1939, the governor declared a state holiday. Ticket prices for the premiere were 40 times the usual going rate. The African-American cast members were not allowed to attend.
• Margaret Mitchell’s inspiration for her book title came from the 13th line of the Ernest Dowson poem, “Cynara” - “I have forgot much Cynara! Gone with the wind.”
• Vivien Leigh worked for 125 days and received about $25,000. Clark Gable worked for 71 days and received more than $120,000.
• Bonnie was named for the Bonnie Blue flag, the first flag of the Confederate states that flew over Georgia and other seceded states in 1861.
• Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.
• The film is ranked the fourth most “epic” film by the American Film Institute, behind “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Ben-Hur” and “Schindler’s List.”
Famous “Gone With the Wind” quotes
• “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” — Rhett Butler
• “I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies.” — Prissy, the house servant
• “He looks as if... as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy.” — Scarlett O’Hara
• “After all...tomorrow is another day.” — Scarlett O’Hara
• “Land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” — Gerald O’Hara
• “If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill, as God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” — Scarlett O’Hara