The Great Gatsby

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We say ​the book is the Great American Novel of the 20th Century - it is looking pretty prescient of the 21st Century too.
We say ​the book is the Great American Novel of the 20th Century - it is looking pretty prescient of the 21st Century too
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925, before its author was even thirty years old. In the book, Fitzgerald
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One of Baz Luhrmann's biggest challenges in bringing F Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel 'The Great Gatsby' to screen
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These hotels envisage where the rich and beautiful would holiday this summer, boasting locations in Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Cape Cod and surrounding areas. Many of these hotels are housed within historic mansions operating in the Roaring Twenties.
The Great Gatsby is stunning, but it's meaningfully, provocatively stunning. This isn't just awesome spectacle for spectacle's sake. Luhrmann uses sensory overload in a similar way to Harmony Korine in Springbreakers - to disorientate the audience and send them reeling into a hallucinogenic whirl.
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Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby is like a fast-spinning glitterball of excess on the cinema screen.
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We're currently in the throes of a Great-Gatsby mania; beaded flapper dresses, tipped blazers and straw boaters are suddenly the height of fashion and Gatsby-themed, well, anything - charity galas, cocktails, pop-up speakeasies, even hotel suites.