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Adaptation of the Fitzgerald novel about a dashing enigmatic millionaire obsessed with an elusive, spoiled young woman.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD
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The '20s never roared louder than in this sumptuously romantic retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age classic. Robert Redford stars as Jay Gatsby, who had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan [Mia Farrow], then lost her to a rich boy. But now Jay Gatsby is mysteriously wealthy... and ready to woo Daisy back. ‘The Great Gatsby’ features a fine supporting cast and an elegant screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. And at its centre is the opulent evocation of an era of hot jazz and cold champagne, of women as exotic and demanding as hothouse flowers, and of lives made soft by too much, too soon.
FILM FACT: The film won two Academy Awards® for Best Costume Design for Theoni V. Aldredge. Best Music for Nelson Riddle. It also won three BAFTA Awards for Best Art Direction for John Box. Best Cinematography for Douglas Slocombe. Best Costume Design for Theoni V. Aldredge. The male costumes were executed by Ralph Lauren, and the female costumes by Barbara Matera. It won a Golden Globe® Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Karen Black. It received three further nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston. Most Promising Newcomer for Sam Waterston. The Rosecliff and Marble House mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, were used for Jay Gatsby's house while scenes at the Buchanans' home were filmed at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. One driving scene was shot in Windsor Great Park, England. Other scenes were filmed in New York City and Uxbridge, Massachusetts.Read more ›
The transfer is a huge, strange disappointment. Despite being anamorphically enhanced the picture elements look as though they've been fed through a meat grinder.Read more ›
Daisy's green light at the end of her dock that symbolizes all hope and want in not just Gatsby but all people, the "haves" and the "have-nots", guilt and carelessness, living above judgement and consequences, and of course, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg over the "valley of the ashes"... All are all beautifully and sadly portrayed.
Mia Farrow as the self centered, one-dimensional Daisy, Bruce Dern as the philandering Tom and Robert Redford as the nouveau riche, enamoured Gatsby turn in quite decent performances.
As Nick says, "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money ortheir vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
However, it is Karen Black as Myrtle, Scott Wilson as George and a sublime Sam Waterson cast as the perfect Nick are the highlight of this film along with the musical score, great costuming and elaborate set design.
This is well worth the watch and I enjoy this adaptation more than the A&E presentation, of which I USUALLY favor!
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic 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 - " (Nick)
Most recent customer reviews
Disappointing. Dated. I would not say it's Redford's best. Mia Farrow overplays her role as a silly wife. The secondary characters were way better than the "stars".Published 26 days ago by Marsha
The acting was good but the story was disappointing. I also expected more musicPublished 10 months ago by Jancam
cette version ne contient pas la version française, l'information donné par amazon.ca est erronné.Published 17 months ago by mario simard (québec-canada)
really liked this movie, not as glitzy as newer version but still a great flick - glad I bought itPublished on Jan. 21 2014 by Snoop cat
I first saw this movie back in 1974. After viewing the latest version of The Great Gatsby , I must say that I preferred this 1974 version. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2013 by C.Bourgeois
I bought this one after watching the new one because I hadn't seen it in years and I have to say that I like it much better. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2013 by Kit