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Copy of The Great Gatsby: Symbolism & Themes
Transcript of Copy of The Great Gatsby: Symbolism & Themes
Waiting Daisy’s call…
GATSBY decided to swim in his pool
Lina EL QUASRI
1929 - Winter
How it starts ...?
The original book
Novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in 1922.
The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan
Decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, excess
The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of film adaptations :
1926 - Herbert Brenon
1949 - Elliott Nugent
1974 - Jack Clayton with Robert Redford
2000 - Robert Markowitz
2002 - Christopher Scott Cherot
2013 - Baz Luhrmann
The hardest difficulty
Internal narrative of Nick Carraway.
Beginning of psycho analysis.
Fitzgerald used hand-writted script and a typed style.
The words come to life in 3D.
Words to empathize the voice over, to empathize the state of mind of the caracters or to undelrine dramatique moments.
Baz Lurhmann's decision
Listened to the recorded book on the Transiberian express
Perfect cinema structure but...
Move with his family from Australia to NY in 2010.
Gives a call to Leonardo Di Caprio, who gives a call to Tobey Maguire.
It all started !
The Great Gatsby
Australian-American 3D drama film
December 2012 May 2013 : 3D
F. Scott FITZGERALD’s 1925 novel
$350 million Worldwide
Costs $125 million
1922 – Summer
U.S Midwest New York
Village of West Egg
One side of the bay
Narrator - writing the story
The most hopeful man
Born in precarious conditions
A mysterious business magnate
On the other side of the bay … East Egg
The encounter with GATSBY
Nick learns :
GATSBY is still in love with her and try to seduce her with his extravagant parties
GATSBY had a relationship with Daisy 5 years ago, before the war
The Desire of repeating the past
Daisy and GASTBY started an affair - Secret
Tom starts to be suspicious of GATSBY
The suspicion of Tom...
His mistress, Myrtle, moves to the west with her husband, George
George voices his suspicions to Tom about Daisy
GATSBY tells everything to Tom about he and Daisy
At this moment of the film … Tom looses his two wives
Tom accuses GATSBY of making fortune illegaly with a gambler
A fight started between GATSBY and Tom about Daisy
Daisy decided to leave with GASTBY
Fight between Myrtle and her husband
Myrtle leaves George rushing out onto the street
She is struck by GATSBY and Daisy car and die instantly
The second ennemy...George
Tom told George that GATSBY killed his wife and that he probably slept with her
George decided to kill GATSBY
Nick finds GATSBY hidden outside of Tom and Daisy’s manson
GATSBY reveals accidently that Daisy was the driver and he was trying to protect her
The phone rung …
When GATSBY climbed out of the pool he was shot and killed by George
George commits a suicide
Daisy never called… it was Nick
She didn’t come to GATSBY’s funeral
She, Tom and their daughter leaved New York
Little analysis of...
A man who wanted to repeat the past…
A man who was stuck in an illusion from the beginning to the end…
A superficial woman…
Who doesn’t know what she wants…
Who was not able to love…
From New York to Sydney
Trailer and film released
Very deep researches
Why delete scenes you have shot?
Alternative ending after Gatsby's death (Gatsby's father, Nick and Tom).
Nick and Jordan's relationship
"Her voice is full of money"
Many collaborations :
Lana Del Rey
Who is Baz Luhrmann?
Born in 1962.
His parents were interested in theatre. Himself a comedian. Intimate knowledge.
Married to Catherine Martin, production designer.
Made famous by the Red Curtain Trilogy
And more recently....
What is cinema for Baz Luhrmann?
Connect people from different periods
Dynamise the spectator's experience
Energetic dance moves
A contested figure
Ambitious and risky movies which result in strong criticism of his style in the cinema industry
But it paid off with popular success:
- 350m$ of revenue for Gatsby
- 179m$ for Moulin Rouge!
- 80m$ for R an J
Despite, he never won any Academy Award as director
"I focus on trying to make the film seem natural, participatory. I like it when the audience is aware that they're participating in the experience. It's different from a psychological drama, where the audience can be passive".
Interview to the Hollywood Reporter - July 2013
Thank you for your attention
The Luhrmann's style