The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age Classic “The Great Gatsby” officially premiering May 17, 2013.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is one of the most glamorous, intriguing and dramatic stories of all time.
It perfectly describes the lavish lifestyle of 1920s. In parallel with the shimmering and shining world of grand parties, money and secrets, the writer shows the tragedy of impossible love.
“The Great Gatsby” has been filmed five times and now it is being filmed for the sixth time. The reviews suggest that the first film (1926) by Warner Baxter was the most faithful adaptation of the novel. But unfortunately no copy of the silent film has survived. There’s only a trailer that still exists and is kept at the National Archives.
The story is about 1920’s New York, the era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who wants to be a writer, leaves the Midwest and, chasing his American Dream, comes to New York City to live next to his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Soon he meets a mysterious, party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) living next door. Nick becomes fascinated with the world of the super-rich, their love, deceit and tragedy. The new adaptation of the novel will be released in cinemas May 17, 2013. Baz Luhrmann (director) will stay true to Fitzgerald’s story, but he’ll create his own distinctive interpretation showing his point of view on those times.
Having a budget of over 120 million USD, the movie is certain to be a visual feast, but as Luhrmann says it’s the emotional part of the book that excites him the most. “The genius of Fitzgerald is how slender the novel is and how much there is in it,” he says. “It’s like eating a whipping cream that nourishes.”
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