Monday, November 29, 2010

ARTS :: The Great Gatsby

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Scott and I watched the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby last night. Gatsby is one of my all time favorite books and I have fought watching the movie for months now. It seems to me that movies rarely stay true to the book and they are never as good as the book. Finally, though, I gave in and was pleasantly surprised.

The film doesn't take too much artistic license, and much of the dialogue is taken directly from the text. The movie got a little melodramatic in spots, and Daisy, played by Mia Farrow, was downright annoying, but overall I really did enjoy the movie. Especially the costumes--oh, the costumes! They were beautiful!

I heard that Baz Luhrmann is considering a Great Gatsby remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio. While I loved Moulin Rouge, I'm still not sure if I'm comfortable with a Baz directed remake. Thoughts?

~Whitney

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