A Fastidious Look On The Great Gatsby

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1. Who wrote the novel and who directed the film?
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul. Minnesota. His parents were Mary “Mollie” McQuillan and Edward Fitzgerald. Mary came from a wealthy family, while Edward held multiple failed careers; causing the family to bounce between states. Fitzgerald went to school at St. Paul’s Academy, then on to the Newman School, and finally to Princeton. Obsessed with writing, Fitzgerald dropped out of University, then decided to join the US Army. Stationed at Camp Sheridan as a second lieutenant, Fitzgerald continued writing and finished his first novel, The Romantic Egotist. The original novel was rejected, but later accepted as, ...view middle of the document...

Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby. The film is a close adaptation that follows the novel perfectly. However, there are a few directorial decisions that are questionable. Some of the elements Luhrmann added to the film are mystifying. For every amazing detail present in the movie there also seems to be one glaring error as well. Firstly, The Great Gatsby is a notorious 1920’s era novel. So the use of modern music is not only confusing, but inappropriate. The decision to modernize the sound track is weird, especially for such a famous period novel like, The Great Gatsby. The other elements from the film, the sets, props and costuming, all come straight from the 1920’s. The music is the only element the filmmakers did not go to extremes to recreate exactly as it would have been. The next unusual choice filmmakers made is in reference to the voiceover narration. The use of voiceover is essential for this film. Nick Carraway's describing the story is a fundamental part of The Great Gatsby’s success. The distance, and depth Nick brings is irreplaceable. The first person narration is an integral part of the novel that has to be present in the film. Yet, the director makes an unfortunate decision to place Nick in a sanatorium to illustrate...

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