An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. —IMDb
Though he began his career as an actor, director/writer/producer Baz Luhrmann found his flamboyant talent was better served behind the scenes. Born BazMark Luhrmann in a Sydney, Australia, suburb, Luhrmann returned to Sydney after a rural childhood to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. Though he appeared with Judy Davis in the film Winter of Our Dreams (1982), Luhrmann redirected his artistic pursuits, creating the original version of what would become his future film debut, Strictly Ballroom (1992), for the stage in 1986. He continued to mount musical theater and opera productions throughout the 1980s and early ‘90s, including a 1950s-set version of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème in 1990. Working with longtime collaborators Craig Pearce and Catherine Martin, Luhrmann brought his vibrant sensibility to film with the cinematic version of Strictly Ballroom. Full of garish colors, exuberant dancing, and ironic yet sincere sentiment, the romantic fable made a splash at the Cannes… read more
Luhrman & Duggan reinforce the illusions of depth, where 3D elements constantly remind of the vacancy of purpose. Within meticulously laid out camera choreography, space and set-dec become haptic & distractive 'noise' of 'depth' (in the traditions of 3D), and it's the moments of flat surface where value of creativity and meaning extrude even beyond the strength of such [implied] 3D axes. A brilliant inversion of 3D!
Gatsby had previously been done three times, the most memorable being the 1974 adaptation of the novel by Jack Clayton with the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. Robert Redford and Mia Farrow appeared… read review
It’s a whirligig of a movie – always in motion. The 3D has the effect of making most everything look artificial; as though the movie were shot in an elaborate model train landscape. The obsession with… read review
E’ il poco prolifico australiano Baz Luhrmann a prendersi il rischio di scrivere (assieme a Craig Pearce) e a filmare la terza versione per il grande schermo dell’opera più conosciuta di Francis Scott… read review