Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Great Gatsby

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
                     F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby  
Do you have a favorite era? The 1950's? The 1890's? Ancient Rome? The PRESENT???
           My favorite era is the Jazz Age. I have been enamoured of the 1920's since I was a little girl. When I was about 7 years old I found a beautiful pair of 1920's Mary Jane shoes while playing dress-up at my Nana's house and I was hooked. With me things are often about shoes.


Just like Owen Wilson's character in "Midnight in Paris" I love the literature, the art, the style, the music, the spirit of the 1920's.

It is only blogging, antibiotics and modern dentistry that keep me firmly planted in the Here and Now.
That doesn't prevent me from rocking a Lulu bob and a drop-waist shift.*
*Photos of me in this look when I fully recover. I Promise!

So of course I LOVE The Great Gatsby. It is one of my very favorite books! A quintessential American tale. A romantic author. My favorite era. Sigh...

"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars."

I liked the 1974 film version in spite of Mia Farrow's wimpy portrayal of  Daisy. Oh, those Ralph Lauren costumes!

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such--such beautiful shirts before."
Great Gatsby Pictures, Images and Photos
Even the 1949 film version was pretty interesting with Shelly Winters as a whacked out Myrtle Wilson. Costumes by Edith Head for you fellow costume nerds.

"Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry."
 So now there is a new film version coming out in May with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. It looks like it will be pretty in a rather Biba-esque way. But the use of current music instead of tunes from the period may ruin it for me. Jay Z? Florence and the Machine? Seriously???

The original 1926 film version of The Great Gatsby has been sadly lost. Only this trailer remains.


Apparently F. Scott Fitzgerald walked out on this film in a huff.

Here's the trailer for the 2013 film version:

What do you think Scott would have thought of this one? Yikes!
"There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired."

What do YOU think?

See more of my 1920's Love HERE.                                                 

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