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Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren, this Southern potboiler stars Yvonne DeCarlo as Amantha Starr, the daughter of a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. When her father unexpectedly dies, Amantha discovers that her father was deep in debt and the family is penniless, and she is forced to drop out of the exclusive girls' school she was attending. What's more, it is discovered that Amantha has a small amount of African-American blood, and under the laws she is to be sold into slavery in New Orleans. Amantha is purchased ...

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John C

Dec 16, 2015

Anti-Gone with the Wind

Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren, this 1957 movie directed by famed Raoul Walsh, Warner Brothers, re-visits the theme of slavery and the Southern Plantation from the late 1850s through the Civil War. Clark Gable, from Gone With the Wind, stars along with Sidney Poitier, in a breakthrough African-American role. The contrasting treatment of slavery and white complicity is powerful in provoking thought about how destructive the peculiar institution is from the point of view of a white heiress, played by Yvonne de Carlo, whose legacy is legally reversed by a genetic discovery in her ancestry. A tragedy as penetrating as the fate of the honest and brave daughter of Shakespeare's King Lear.

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