The Great Gatsby (1974 Film) Background

The Great Gatsby (1974 Film) Background

Adapted from the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is a 1974 film directed by Jack Clayton and starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby. The film features other prominent actors and actresses: Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway, Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan, and Karen Black as Myrtle Wilson. Clayton's film received mixed reviews, though critics leaned more on the positive side.

The Great Gatsby is narrated by Nick Carraway, neighbor to Jay Gatsby, a wealthy businessman who is known for the extravagant parties he throws. Nick becomes enamored with the lavish life Gatsby leads, seeking to decode his personality and lifestyle. Nick gradually begins to realize there is much more beneath Gatsby's successful, confident exterior, revealing a complicated past and secret love for Daisy Buchanan, Nick's cousin who is married to Tom Buchanan. Throughout the movie, Nick observes the events and complex relationships of the socialites, and becomes deeply entrenched in their matters.

Critics praised how the novel stayed true to its novel roots, though said it lacked the passion and emotion of the 1920's age which it set in. There is also a 2013 remake of the Great Gatsby, the study guide for which can be found here.

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