Last night I watched the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby. I knew it was going to be different and I was curious to see why. I read the book once in high school and again in college and I’ve seen the 1974 movie a couple times, but that was a long time ago! Now all I want to do is watch the 1974 movie again and re-read the book, so I can compare them all!
Have you seen the 2013 movie? What did you think?
The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is considered one of the greatest books in American Literature.
Here’s some information about the two movies and a couple other adaptations:
The Great Gatsby (2013) in 3D, was directed by Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann is an Australian film director who has also directed Australia (2008), Strictly Ballroom (1992), Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Romeo + Juliet (1996). Luhrmann and Craig Pearce co-wrote the screenplay. This movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway.
The earlier version of the The Great Gatsby was released in 1974 and was directed by Jack Clayton. Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay. This movie stars Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan and Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway.
There have been other film adaptations of The Great Gatsby: a silent film in 1926 starring Warner Baxter and Lois Wilson and a 1949 film starring Alan Ladd and Betty Field. A TV film was made in 2000, starring Toby Stephens, Miro Sorvino and Paul Rudd.
Thanks to IMDb.com and Wikipedia for this information.
Thanks for visiting – come back soon for a comparison of all three!
2 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby – 2013 movie”
I can’t bring myself to watch it. I love Leo and I survived Baz’s version of Romeo and Juliet, but Gatsby is sacred ground. Definitely in my top five books of all time. I’m not sure I want to see it Luhrmannized. I’ve heard it good, but so far I’m still holding out.
I have to say it was really quite strange and very manic. But I watched the 1974 movie the next day and was shocked at how slowly things moved compared to my memory of the 1974 movie. Surprisingly, the dialogue was very close. More to come! Thanks for commenting!
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