Gatsby, a rich racketeer, buys an estate near Daisy, a married woman he has always loved. They become lovers and when she inadvertently kills her husband’s mistress, Gatsby takes the blame for her. He is shot by the dead woman’s husband. –BFI
Jack Clayton (1 March 1921 – 26 February 1995) was a British film director who specialised in bringing literary works to the screen.
A native of East Sussex, Clayton started his career as a child actor on the 1929 film Dark Red Roses. He later worked for Alexander Korda’s Denham Film Studios and rose from tea boy to assistant director to film editor.
While in service with the Royal Air Force during World War II, Clayton shot his first film, the documentary Naples is a Battlefield (1944), representing the problems in the reconstruction of Naples, the first great city liberated in World War II, ruined after Allied bombing and destruction caused by the retreating Nazis. After the war Clayton became an associate producer on many of Korda’s films, then directed the Oscar-winning short The Bespoke Overcoat (1956) based on Wolf Mankowitz’s theatrical version (1953) of Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Overcoat (1842). In this film Gogol’s story is re-located to a clothing warehouse… read more
Fair adaptation of the Fitzgerald classic by screenwriter Coppola and director Clayton marred by a bland Gatsby by Robert Redford and a truly miscast Mia Farrow as Daisy. The lack of anything even suggesting passion between the two sinks the film despite its supporting players, set design and Oscar winning costumes. Waterston quite good in the lifeless narrator role. Hoping for greatness in the Luhrmann version.
I fell in love with the young Robert Redford as he ever so flawlessly portrayed Gatsby. In terms of aesthetics, I found this film absolutely brilliant. From Gatsby's mansion to the flapper fashion.