Page to Screen: The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby
based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I have an odd relationship with Baz Luhrmann’s filmography. While I do enjoy Moulin Rouge and scream in joy every time “Lady Marmalade” comes on the radio (but they always cut Eve’s rap! Why would you ever cut Eve’s rap? It’s the best part of the song!), I can’t really think of it as a film. I can only conceptualize it as a feature-length block of music videos tethered together by a story. And yet, I was interested in his vision of The Great Gatsby ever since the first trailer came out. It was either going to be an inspired adaptation or a beautiful, hot mess, and I love both of those things equally. And then it got pushed back, which meant I only remembered it existed when the mixed reviews of the past few weeks came out. I wasn’t moved to see it opening weekend, but eventually, I could no longer resist its siren song.

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Reading by Ear: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
read by Frank Muller

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I didn’t pick up The Great Gatsby just because the film’s coming out in a few months. I mean, it is a major factor in my decision, I’m not going to lie. (Can we talk about how Jack White’s cover of “Love is Blindness” is amazing? Because it is.) No, I picked it up because, despite the fact that this is the novel most kids are taught the beginnings of literary criticism on in American high schools, there are still unplumbed depths. One of my peers here at Agnes wrote her senior thesis on Great Gatsby on a topic that, to the best of our research, hasn’t been written on seriously. Texts like that—well, those are the texts I like the most.

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