The Great Gatsby
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Great Gatsby can be found here.

The Great Gatsby is also a 1925 novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]. It is the fifth time Fitzgerald's novel has been brought to the screen, preceded by The Great Gatsby (1926), The Great Gatsby (1949), The Great Gatsby (1974), and The Great Gatsby (2000). The screenplay for this adaptation was written by Australian screenwriters Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann (who also directed the movie).

The number of songs heard in the movie exceeds 40, more than the double that of the soundtrack. The complete list can be found here with their corresponding scene descriptions and samples.

Trailer #1: "No Church in The Wild" by Jay-Z & Kanye West, "Love Is Blindness" by Jack White, "Happy Together" by Filter. Trailer #2: "Back to Black" by Beyonc, feat. Andre 3000, "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey, "Over the Love" by Florence and the Machine.

In the film, Nick tells his story years later while being treated for alcoholism at a sanitarium. This is a framing device for the narration. An important line from the opening paragraph is changed. In the book, it goes,

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.
Myrtle does not change her outfit while she is at the apartment with Nick, Tom, and the others. Meyer Wolfsheim meets Gatsby and Nick outside the speakeasy. He shows Nick a tooth he uses as a tie-pin, rather than cuff-links. Nick's relationship with Jordan Baker is not shown, including his observations on her careless driving. Gatsby is more explicitly involved in securities fraud, trying to involve Nick. Tom later implies Gatsby's parties were part of that plot. Gatsby has Nick's cottage elaborately landscaped and catered to meet Daisy; in the book, his gardener comes to mow the grass. Klipspringer plays an elaborate organ instead of a piano for Gatsby and Daisy, and has no dialogue. Tom and Daisy's daughter is not shown until almost the last scene. Tom's final conversation with Wilson is shown explicitly, rather than Nick confronting Tom about it later. It is implied Nick tries to telephone Gatsby just before he is shot. Nick never meets Gatsby's father and is not shown contacting Meyer Wolfsheim. Nick is the only one to attend Gatsby's funeral, while in the book, Owl Eyes and Gatsby's father were also in attendance. A young Gatsby is shown rescuing Dan Cody in a storm; in the book, Gatsby merely warns Cody that he is anchored dangerously in the face of an impending storm. Rather than learning the truth about Gatsby after his death, as in the book, Gatsby himself tells Nick about his former life. In the book, Meyer Wolfshiem wears cufflinks made of human teeth, while in the film it is a tiepin. Gatsby gets physically violent at the Plaza. In the book, he gets a look of contempt, this passes, and he talks excitedly to Daisy for a moment. Gatsby's father showed Gatsby's diary in Gatsby's younger days and photos after his funeral.


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