Film Friday: The Great Gatsby

April 26, 2013 Film Friday 1

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books.

We’re starting the countdown to the release of The Great Gatsby! I chose the 1974 adaptation with Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy to showcase. It’s the third adaption and one that is often praised for staying as close to the book as possible, but it lacks the spark of the Jazz Age.

Nick Carraway: There was music from my neighbor’s house through those summer nights. In his enchanted gardens, men and girls came and went like moths, among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. I believe that few people were actually invited to these parties. They just went. They got into automobiles that bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that was it’s own ticket of admission.

The Great Gatsby (1974)
Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy

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