5.09.2013

Fitzgerald and Lurhmann's Gatsby

There's nothing quite as exciting as the imagination when reading a book as glamorous and romantic as The Great Gatsby. It seems almost impossible to translate the text into actual images; to create live scenes of what every American assigned as reality in their heads.

The 1974 film was classic but soft in my opinion. Now 2013 promises to swoop in and sweep cinematography off its feet. I'm undeniably and uncontrollably excited for the film. I've read The Great Gastby over and over in anticipation (three times in two months to be exact). Not only is Leonardo DiCaprio the most gorgeous Gatsby I can imagine, but the man doesn't make a bad movie. I'm confident the glitz and story will be as beautiful as the original words that put them into being.

I wanted to post some photos that illustrate the transition from the 70's to the 21st century, but I have to admit that there is a striking resemblance in characterization. I think there must be a thread of persona that all readers perceive through Nick Carraway's descriptions. Fitzgerald--that's why he is one of the greats.
Mia Farrow as Daisy
"'We're getting old,' said Daisy. 'If we were young we'd rise and dance.'"
Robert Redford as Gatsby
"He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy."
Daisy & Jay
"He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God."
Carey Mulligan as Daisy
"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion."
Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby
"It was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens."
Daisy & Jay
"He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes."

(images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)