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Great Gatsby, The - Midnight in Manhattan (DVD)

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This is a very useful introduction to the novella, replete with insights from now-dead literary lions George Plimpton and Hunter S. Thompson. The approach is largely thematic, and is thus helpful to those not steeped in American mythopoetics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting BBC documentary from 2000 gets tie-in release with 2013 3-D Baz Lurman film May 4 2013
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
I knew this might not be a new documentary when the opening scenes showing the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline still showed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. It's not till late in the 41-minute film that you realize that it was made in 2000, before the 9/11 tragedy. This really has not much effect on enjoying the program (produced by the BBC) except when - again late in the program - there is discussion of the financial "bubble" and when it is (actually "was") going to burst.

Being released to catch the interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald and his "Great American Novel" with the release this month of Baz Lurman's 3-D "Musical" version, the program provides observations on the author from such fellow authors (then living in 2000) as George Plympton, William Styron, Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Garrison Keillor. We also hear from Fitzgerald's former secretary - who was there when he died in 1939 at age 44. Fitzgerald's granddaughter narrates the program.
To fill in the DVD, BBC has added a TV drama on Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, (with David Hemmings playing the author) titled "A Dream of Living". This 1975 program runs 52 minutes, and was a good choice.

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3.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL FEATURE May 13 2013
By Richard Masloski - Published on Amazon.com
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The title attraction on this DVD is quite disappointing. It is 49 minutes of a variety of literary, luminary talking heads who say, in fact, very little about Fitgerald, his life, his wife, his writing and most particularly the ostensible subject of this documentary, THE GREAT GATSBY. The 75th Anniversary of the publication of this
greatest of 20th century novels surely deserved a much more in-depth and inspired approach than is to be found herein.

The decided delight of this disc is to be found in the little known extra. PRIVATE AFFAIRS: A DREAM OF LIVING is a BBC production from 1975. Late, great David Hemmings plays F. Scott Fitzgerald wonderfully - and looks very much like the writer as well. The drama covers one day and night in the life of Scott and Zelda along with Hemingway and assorted cronies. It is worth the price of purchase and more than makes up for the disappointing main fare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The kids liked it... March 15 2014
By Rebecca - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good video to play to introduce my 11th graders to Gatsby. They actually enjoyed it! It does have one word of profanity (gd) in case you or your students are bothered by this. Otherwise, totally suitable for this age group.
By Tfisher87 - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS WAS REALLY VERY GOOD. I HAVE RECENTLY BEE READING FITZGERALD AND WATCHED ALL 4 MOVIES OF "THE GREAT GATSBY." Also, I have read a lot about what Hemingway had to say about Fitzgerald, who was one of Fitzgerald great admirers. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that likes that period of time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary Feb. 24 2014
By Giselle Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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While it is slightly out of date (being from 2000), my high school students quite enjoyed it. Plus, with a run time of 49 minutes, I could show it in one class period as a nice wrap-up to my Gatsby series. Interesting points of view, good vistas, and nice and short.
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