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The Great Gatsby


greatgatsby74In 1922, Nick (Sam Waterston) rents a small house next to two Long Island mansions; getting to know both owners he finds out about a secret romance that refuses to die. The most famous screen adaptation of “the great American novel” can hardly be labeled a “great American film”, even though plenty of money was spent on it. Handsome production values, a bittersweet music score, soft cinematography and an engaging story… it’s all there, but somehow the director fails to make the ingredients gel. The best performance comes from Bruce Dern; Robert Redford doesn’t quite convey the complexity of Gatsby.

1974-U.S. 144 min. Color. Directed by Jack Clayton. Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola. Novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe. Music: Nelson Riddle. Art Direction: John Box. Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge. Cast: Robert Redford (Jay Gatsby), Mia Farrow (Daisy Buchanan), Bruce Dern (Tom Buchanan), Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston… Lois Chiles, Edward Herrmann, Patsy Kensit.

Trivia: Truman Capote began writing the script but was replaced by Coppola. Ali MacGraw was allegedly considered for the part of Daisy; Warren Beatty as Gatsby.

Oscars: Best Original Score, Costume Design. BAFTA: Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design. Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Black).



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