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I have a different concept of producing than other producers Some producers are money men and others are just lieutenants For me to produce is to make a picture As a producer I can maintain an editorial perspective that I wouldnt have as a director I consider myself first a creative producer then a showman and then a businessman You need all three things to succeed in the business today -David O Selznick The film Since You Went Away was released in 1944 This epic film attempted to relate to the American audience that was dealing with the war foreclosing and the flux of soldiers coming home at the time The Hollywood studios were constantly trying to do their part for the war buy making films about the war in a fairy tale Hollywood style Since You Went Away crossed these boundaries and the movie audience at the time positively responded for this reason The producer and screenwriter of the film knew America craved this portrayal Critics of the film from this period applauded its realism but in hindsight studies of the film in the seventies and eighties were a little more critical of the film David O Selznick was the man behind the vision of this film and Selznick is best known for film classics like Gone With the Wind from which the 1 2 formula of this movie draws heavily from Rebecca and King Kong This film was a special project for Selznick at the time and it was seen as his contribution to the war effort The academy awards recognized Selznicks effort and nominated his film for best picture of
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