Clarence Sinclair Bull or Fred Parrish The Burning of Atlanta from Gone with the Wind
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1939 Print Date 1939-51
Dimensions 9-3/8 x 12-5/16 in. (238 x 313 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
From the movie Gone with the Wind, this print was made especially for Warner Brothers' publicist Robert S. Taplinger. Warner Brothers had lent Olivia de Havilland to the GWTW project. This is not the typical still that you see on the market. It is oversized, on good double-weight semi-matt paper (rather than the glossies you usually see), of high quality, and uncropped for the 70mm film version that came in in 1951; it also passes the blacklight test, all lending credibility to it being made prior to 1955. Both Clarence Bull and Fred Parrish took the still photography for Gone with the Wind. This is the scene where Rhett Butler (aka Clark Gable) leads a wagon bearing Scarlett (aka Vivien Leigh), Melanie (Olivia de Havilland) and her baby from the flaming city. Some citizens of Culver City upon seeing the flames from the set thought that Los Angeles was on fire, climbed into their cars and drove out of town! See: Gardner and Gardner, Pictorial History of Gone with the Wind, pp.96-97 for a variant of this image. Provenance: estate of Robert S. Taplinger.
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