Similarities Between Baz Luhrmann And The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby…a story so promisingly hopeful that when it was realised in 1926 the world fell in love with this sophisticated gentleman known as Jay Gatsby, who’s heart was so big, so desperate for love that it blinded him to a fate foreseeable to only those who’s vision saw further then that of his own. F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man who was born in 1896 a generation defined by him as “a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken”, was the man that amongst this disarray composed a book that would show the world that sometimes a little to much hope can be dangerous. However as the year of colour television and technology arose after the great depression this treasure of a book was somewhat forgotten, perhaps lost in a more modern orientated world. Due to this a story so full of hope was hopelessly forgotten, that is of course until an Australian director by the name of Baz Luhrmann had a vision of bringing back a…show more content…
These include the original 1926 silent film and the 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow all of which made a relatively good attempt at portraying these themes however none of which can compare to the latest attempt done by previously mentioned Baz Luhrmann. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” works on a number of different imagery techniques to push through the main themes of the book. Firstly as a sardonic social commentary of the 1920’s American Jazz Age, an age of the self-indulged, ostentatious and thoughtlessness. Secondly, it works as a superficial one-sided love story between the ever expectant “Old Sport” Jay Gatsby and the shiftily self centred and confused Daisy Buchanan. Because of these distinguishing dominant themes and the rich visual phantasmagorias created by Fitzgerald Baz found it quite challenging to transfer these themes to a film while still keeping it appealing to a modern, younger

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