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Putting together a film based on a highly acclaimed literary work full of phrasings and lines of dialogue that have forever been burned into readers' minds is largely a thankless task. Creating a film that maintains the heart and soul of such a literary work and even many of its most graceful lines is nearly impossible to accomplish, and in that aspect, director Baz Luhrmann has plenty of troubles with The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald.s descriptive sentences are almost as important as his dialogue and tossing some of the finest lines from the book into ashy script on the screen isn.t the best way to utilize those moments. Nor is taking creative license in certain big moments in order to speed up the storytelling process. In other ways, Luhrmann owns his portrayal of The Great Gatsby, keeping the energy and the often frenetic pace of the twenties »

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