Russell Bellman Gone With the Wind premiere film, 1937 (VIS 189)
The collection is a single reel of spliced 16mm black and white, and color film shot by Russell Bellman during the festivities and premiere of Gone With the Wind. The beginning of the footage captures the Atlanta Junior League Ball at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium and was shot in black and white and color. Bellman shot the black and white portion from an elevated position panning the auditorium grandstands and floor area. The color section is floor level and captures guests in costumes entering the auditorium and dancing. The remaining portion of the film was taken the day of the premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre and is shot in color. Bellman captured spectators waiting for the arrival of the principal actors and dignitaries including some arriving by horse drawn carriage decorated with Confederate memorabilia.
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