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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Newest Movie Version of The Great Gatsby Well, the first trailer for the Leonardo DiCaprio version of The Great Gatsby is out! What do you think?  Excited?  Chagrined?  Anything notable about the characters you'd like to mention?  How about the setting?  The music?  Since I have "charleston" embedded in my screen name due to this epic novel, I'll share my opinion. I'm excited. The setting looks phenomenal.  Jordan's character looks spot-on.  Love Tobey Maguire for Nick:  a perfect fit.  I'm worried about Daisy and Gatsby just because Mia Farrow and Robert Redford are so iconic in the roles.  I'm sure the music in the trailer is to entice a younger audience, but oh my word, I hope it's not embedded in the film anywhere but the credits.  All-in-all, it looks like the new film will truly capture the recklessness of the "Roaring Twenties" ... as it should be. Now, share your thoughts, please, ...

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I look forward to seeing this film version, though I confess I haven't seen the first film interpretation of Gatsby

I've got a vague sense of a watch both versions in the same week and get copies of both versions of All the King's Menalso and have a week of novel-to-film intepretations, comparing the various decisions made by the screenwriters and directors. 

I wonder how much of an advantage the second film versions have over the first. The mistakes, the holes, and the successes of the first films can be weighed while considering a second screenplay. 

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I have a very high opinion of Leonardo diCaprio, who I rate as one of the finest popular actors in the business. I think he'll be a very good Gatsby. The book (and the first film) are so laden with symbolism and other sometimes not-so-subtle nuances that I think a good director could have a field day with it. I didn't realize that the same person was directing it as Moulin Rouge, but I don't think even the most liberal interpretation of Gatsby would lend itself to the kinds of effects used in his other films. The thing I like about adaptations like this is that even if it's not particularly well executed, at least you know it will have a good story, and that, to me anyway, is the problem with a lot of films.

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Having seen the trailer, I'm really excited for this version! When I heard a few months ago that Baz Luhrmann was directing it, I have to admit I was a little bit apprehensive. He has that "Red Curtain" style that's quite over-the-top and sometimes silly. I was picturing Fitzgerald's characters set to whizzing sound effects and camp extreme close-ups, like in "Moulin Rouge" and "Australia." But it seems like Luhrmann has restrained himself on this film just enough. Fingers crossed he'll do the excess of the roaring 20s setting justice, and leave the dramatic scenes more subdued, style-wise.

I think diCaprio will make a fantastic Gatsby, and Carey Mulligan has that doe-eyed Daisy look down. It's just a little hard picturing their chemistry together... I'm also not keen on Tobey Maguire.

I suppose we'll all find out (at Christmas time, sigh).

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It is a very difficult book to make into a movie.  The problem is that so many of the book's main features are difficult to translate to film.  The other problem is that so many people love the book so much.  No matter what kind of movie it is, someone is going to have a problem with it.

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I'm definitely intrigued but skeptical. I think any new version has to be completely different than the version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, and this one will definitely be different. However, knowing that the creators are the same ones who created the new version of Romeo and Juliet has me a little worried. I thought that one was WAY out there. And I agree with you about the music in the trailer. Hopefully that won't be a huge part of the film.

Judging from what little we can see in the trailer, I do think the movie will stay true to the themes and the debauchery of the "Roaring Twenties." I saw a brief flash of the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg, so that tells me they will focus on the same kinds of symbols Fitzgerald focused on.

I like the characters for the most part. I hope Carry Mulligan can be detached and aloof as Daisy, and I have no doubts about Leo's abilities to capture Gatsby. I'm not sure about Toby McGuire as Carraway, but I think that's just because Toby McGuire bothers me for no apparent reason.

All in all, I'm excited about it, and I think it will be a good way to get my students excited about reading the book!

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