Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.Written by
Robert Evans had a shortlist for the actresses he was considering for Daisy but when Ali McGraw left Evans for Steve McQueen, Mia Farrow sent Evans a private note asking, "Can I be your Daisy?" which evidently sealed the deal for Farrow. Farrow had previously starred for Evans and Paramount in the wildly successful 'Rosemary's Baby.' See more »
At the first party at Gatsby's house that Nick attends, the song "The Charleston" is heavily featured by the jazz band. The story takes place over the summer of 1922, but the song did not premiere until October 29th, 1923 in the Broadway musical "Runnin' Wild." See more »
In the movie's original theatrical release, Tom Ewell played a small part at the cemetery near the end. Several weeks into the run, theaters were sent a new last reel from which Tom Ewell's part had been removed. See more »
So much for hoping for a special edition DVD of this undervalued movie. Not even a trailer! But at least the movie has never looked better, and the original music soundtrack has been fully restored, so I'm not about to complain any further. Ever since its release this film has been battered with wildly vicious criticisms. Maybe that can be better reserved for the genuinely numbing and off key 2001 TV version, which makes this version look better than ever. This version, to me, improves with every viewing--it's peculiar rhythms and deliberately sedate pace does work very well, creating a mood not easily comparable to other movies. Then too, look at director Jack Clayton's movie, THE INNOCENTS (1960), which shares a bit of this studied approach. I'm glad this Gatsby version wasn't reduced to a quick and vulgarized romp; instead Clayton took a more intellectual tone, very nicely counterpointed with a superb array of period music. The crowning touch, Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," is a match made in heaven, both the song and the novel having appeared within a year of each other in 1925. As for the DVD, it now highlights to maximum effect the evocative, first rate cinematography and art direction (what were those other commentators thinking--were they watching a duped VHS?), etc. Too bad a 30th anniversary edition couldn't have happened in 2004, but I'm more than pleased this has been given its chance on DVD. I agree that the novel's literary aspects defies easy transformation into a movie, but we are more than fortunate that this 1974 film version is as haunting and quietly moving an experience that it is.
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