Study Help Film Versions of The Great Gatsby

Here is information about some of the best and most noteworthy film adaptations of The Great Gatsby:

The Great Gatsby


Director: Jack Clayton

Rated: PG

This is an elegant and faithful adaptation of the original novel. The film stars Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy. Also features an impressive performance by Bruce Dern as Tom Buchanan. The film won Oscars in 1975 for best costume design and best original musical score. Even still, reviewers of the day panned it, with most feeling the film lacked emotional depth in spite of the powerful work on which it was based.

The Great Gatsby


Not Rated

This A&E Television Network version stars Toby Stephens as Gatsby and Mira Sorvino as Daisy. This adaptation follows the original work very closely. So, in addition to being quite entertaining, this movie would make for good review material.

The Great Gatsby


Director: Baz Luhrmann

Rated: PG-13

Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway round out the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 version of The Great Gatsby. This adaptation shows a society gone crazy on alcohol, conspicuous consumerism, the emptiness of wealth, and hollow relationships. Luhrmann’s frenetic scenes of the parties contrast with the slower, more stately episodes of Gatsby’s doomed love. The green light, the adultery, the endless wealth, and the empty conversations tell of the death of both Gatsby’s dreams and the American Dream. The soundtrack has been updated from the haunting melodies of the 1920s to the hip hop of 2013.

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