Tours of Gone with the Wind exhibit hosted by collector

September 25, 2012 by  

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, was host to special tours of “Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind”, its current exhibit this past Saturday and Sunday (September 22 – 23), by James Tumblin, the former head of the hair and make-up departments at Universal Studios.

Tumblin is known to have a collection of memorabilia from the movie that surpasses that of any other collector. The exhibit features 120 pieces from his collection, including the dress that Vivien Leigh wore on the scene in Shantytown and her velvet dress from the last scene of the movie, the chair from the ‘Smokers’ Room’ scene at the barbeque at Twelve Oaks, the typewriter that the screenwriter Stanley Howard used to write the script, and production paintings of numerous scenes in the movie.

To big up the exhibition, the museum may have used flyer printing and poster printing to increase the public’s awareness of the exhibit and to draw special attention to it over the weekend.

According to Kate Edwards, one of the people who played a role in creating the exhibit, the intention of ‘Real to Reel’ is to use storyboards of scenes, sketches s of costumes, and many other items to take visitors to the exhibit behind the making of the movie in order to understand how it was created and the tasks, challenges, and some of the controversy that surrounded the movie.

David O. Selznick, who had a cast and crew of 4,000 and produced Gone with the Wind, was involved in every detail of the production and the exhibit reflects the roles of all those who worked along with him.