The Great Gatsby ()

directed by Robert Markowitz
featuring Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd, Martin Donovan, Francie Swift

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, often regarded as one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century, is brought to the screen in this made-for-TV feature, produced in collaboration with the A&E Cable Network in the United States, and Granada Entertainment in Great Britain. Nick Carraway (Paul Rudd) is a young bond salesman who rents a cottage near the mansion of the wealthy but reclusive Jay Gatsby (Toby Stephens). In time, Nick gets to know his neighbor, who has accumulated a vast fortune through vague, suspect ...

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mehaul

Mar 23, 2010

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TITLE: The Great Gatsby
GENRE: Romantic Drama
CAST: Paul Rudd, Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Martin Donovan
PLOT: Only one of America's finest novelists (Francis Scott Fitzgerald) could take a hit-and-run murder of a low class woman and spin the tale of love lost, regained and lost again by the sophisticated and wealthy society of Long Island's Roaring Twenties crowd. (Not plot but story and characters:) Nick, the narrator of the tale, who is a WW-I veteran encounters a cousin, Daisy Buchanan, who loved before the war another returned veteran but wealthy by new money, one James Gatts (Gatsby), and Daisy's cheating husband (whose paramour was the gas station attendent's wife who gets run down).
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 7 of 10; It is a period production which was partially produced by the BBC and they do period pieces well. The character development and dialogue is straight from F.S. Fitzgerald, so the movie gets no credit for those. The sets. locations and other background aspects are worth much as they indeed contribute to placing you into the period. There is music but for some reason none typifies the Roaring Twenties, it is orchestra dance music of the period and not the jazz which is central to the era.
DVD BONUS: An episode of A&E's 'Biography' of F S Fitzgerald's life history; brief filmographies of Sorvino, Rudd and Stephens
ADDED NOTES: Along with some of the other 'tween war theatricals I have seen, this really paints a picture of an America gone way off track as far as what we consider social norms; or maybe I'm just not looking hard enough at today's world. If indeed it turns out the 20-30s were a very decadent era in world history, this movie portrays a piece of that image quite well.

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