The Great Gatsby (1974)
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This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow), now married to "old money" Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's
Mar 29, 1974 Limited
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The film is faithful to the letter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel but entirely misses its spirit.
In sum this picture is a total failure of every requisite sensibility. A long, slow, sickening bore.
The Francis Coppola script and Jack Clayton's direction paint a savagely genteel portrait of an upper class generation that deserved in spades what it got circa 1929 and after.
Director Jack Clayton seems overawed by the opulence of the production as well as by the mythic presence of Fitzgerald -- and the result is a film of shimmering surface brilliance and almost complete lack of focus or substance.
A literary adaptation that continually begs detrimental comparison with the novel, this relies too much on appearance, making little attempt to explore behind the beguiling '20s fašade.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn't know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments.
An opulent and accurate portrayal of the period that drags too much to stay interesting.
The color is rich, the photography superb, and the atmospherics of the roaring twenties are realistically and stunningly in evidence in this film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel, but that's it.
Too slow, too dull. Redford lacked the danger of Fitzgerald's creation.
Despite oppulent production values, Jack Clayton's second Hollywood version of Fitzgerald's great novel is a misfire, a dull feature that suffers from lack of chemistry between Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (who's miscast).
One of Redford's best
Though lush in nearly every way, under the reproachful eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, The Great Gatsby becomes ineffectual and rudderless.
Law & Order's Sam Waterston is superb in support
Robert Redford offers an interesting take on mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby.
...an opulent, stylish extravaganza that may be more faithful to the 'look' of Fitzgerald's novel than to its spirit, yet brings a good deal of entertainment along the way.
Big, glossy, nicely detailed and it almost works.
Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby
- Nick Carraway: There was music from my neighbor's house through those summer nights. In his enchanted gardens, men and girls came and went like moths, among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. I believe that few people were actually invited to these parties. They just went. They got into automobiles that bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby's door. Come for the party with a simplicity of heart that was it's own ticket of admission.
- Nick Carraway: They're a rotten bunch. You're worth the whole lot of them put together! [in reference to Jay Gatsby]
- Jay Gatsby: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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