Skip to comments.Movie for a Friday evening: "The Great Gatsby" (1949)
Posted on 05/10/2013 7:06:33 PM PDT by ReformationFan
I hated the book, and the movie was boring.
The first film version of “The Great Gatsby” came out in 1926, but as far as I know, it’s lost.
Yeah I got about 100 pages into it when I couldn’t take it anymore. Like Dennis Miller would say: “If my yawn got any bigger they’d have to assign it a hurricane name.”
I have read that the 1949 version is in legal limbo and never on TV, cable, or home video, although those who saw it claim that it may have been the best.
Having never read the book, or never seeing any prior movie versions, I went to see the new one with Leonardo DiCaprio and I liked it. It was 2 1/2 hours long, but I didn’t notice the length. It moved pretty fast.
That’s right. This trailer is the only known remaining footage of it-
I wonder if Paramount took it out of circulation when they made their big budget 1974 version of it to avoid competition and comparisons and to help the 1974 one get more exposure.
I never got to see it until youtube.
I liked the 74 version even if I don’t care for Redford.
Never got the hype about this book or Fitzgerald. A bunch of rich snots who don’t love each other and endlessly simper about life and each other.
I vaguely tolerated being made to read the book, and the famous movie wasn’t much better.
Not sure it can be the best if it doesn’t really reflect the ‘20s! These pix definitely smack ‘40s to me.
When I was in high scholl, before Carter’s Dept of Edjumacation, I had to read this book as part of a literature class.
When the literary revelation of the relationship of Gatsby and ‘a friend’ was made in class, half of us through the book on the floor, and just told the teacher, we are reading no more of it, fail us now, and be done with it.
The 30-ish year old teacher had us stay after school, and had the prinicpal come and chat with us. We told him, that we are not going to read anything about any ‘odd folks’, and that it would not matter outside of the classroom, about learning of those ‘folks’.
For our efforts, our clear thought and definition of our stance, and the logical vocal debate that afternoon with the principal, we awarded by the prinicpal, a “B” for the year, released from class for the rest of the school year and final class examinations, and the teacher, fired.
This was in Connecticut.
Keep this movie out of the hands of Islamic extremists.
I would say this version is a film noir style attempt at the tale although the death of Myrtle seems more like something from a Zucker Bros. film than a drama.