“ ‘Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it.”
I saw Baz Lurmann’s new version over the weekend. I liked it a lot. Luhrmann’s style is certainly polarizing, but it worked beautifully for the fairy tale quality of Fitzgerald’s work.
Gatsby, for me has always been all about Fitzgerald’s prose, the way he astonishes with the mundane. That is difficult to film. Luhrmann’s solution is to film something akin to a dream. It works. But if you plan to see this film, definitely go see it in 3D. If you have always wanted to see something slow moving and beautiful rendered by the awesome power of Hollywood filming, as opposed to action almost too frenetic to follow… this is what you’ve been waiting for.
Meanwhile, here is a fun piece from The New Yorker
"In honor of the film’s début, we’ve looked through the magazine’s extensive archives and selected a dozen vintage New Yorker ads that evoke the gin-fuelled “Gatsby” era of “flaming youth” and Prohibition, flapper culture and cabarets…"
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” (December 4, 1926)