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Gone With the Facts

June 13, 1998

In "The Casualties of Docudrama" (May 29), Howard Rosenberg depreciates the fictitiousness of docudramas "in contrast to historical dramas that use true settings merely as backdrops for imaginary characters ('Gone With the Wind,' for instance)."

About the only historical fact that "Gone With the Wind" manages to convey is that there was something called the Civil War in America's history. Beyond that the movie creates a fantasy land more unreal than anything ever built by Disney.

Because of its enormous popular appeal and its racist, distorted version of the Civil War, "GWTW" is one of the worst "historical" films ever made.

DAVID PLEGER

Los Angeles

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