From Book to Film: The Great Gatsby (2013)
Director: Baz Luhrmann Run Time: 143 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2013
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire
Country: Australia, United States
From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center
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About the film:
The uniquely imaginative Baz Luhrmann tackles F. Scott Fitzgerald’s landmark novel with glitz and glamor. The film follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings.
Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
The film won Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at the 86th Academy Awards.
About the filmmaker:
Baz Luhrmann is an Australian director, writer, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is the most commercially successful Australian director, with four of his films in the top ten highest worldwide grossing Australian films of all time. His directorial debut was Strictly Ballroom (1992) which began his “Red Curtain Trilogy,” which also includes the romantic tragedies William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). His other features include Australia (2008) and The Great Gatsby (2013).See all upcoming films