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Which version is the greatest? Better than robert redford it be fun? Largely because of the stark contrast between the two.
The new one is a brassy blonde bombshell of a picture. The old one is more of a mousy librarian. As we count down the days until Baz's blustery blockbuster finally opens it to his homeland, let's reverse down memory lane for a look at a quainter, quieter and perhaps undeservedly much-unloved adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Bobbin' Up And Down Robert Redford's performance as the enigmatic man of money Jay Gatsby is an uncharacteristically drab effort from the decorated actor. Starts out strong, in spite of not even speaking a line until the minute mark.
Does have an endearing way of delivering the Gatsby catchphrase "old sport" with a studied, world-weary lack of warmth. However, when the pressure is on to distil the elusive essence of Gatsby, Redford's reading of the character goes positively cold.
If Redford's take on Gatsby can be deemed an honourable failure, you can go right ahead and drop the "honourable" when assessing the work of his leading lady Mia Farrow. She takes aim at the crucial part of Daisy Buchanan armed with an annoying artillery of squeaks, shrieks and out-there outbursts.
Needless to say, Farrow misses the character by a country mile.
Instead, it is the audience that cops the brunt of her vivaciously vacuous onslaught right between the eyes and ears. Supplied You want passion, longing and regret? Don't go looking for it in the The Great Gatsby.
Instead of giving us lovers who were never meant to be, Redford and Farrow give us fleeting acquaintances who were never really there. In most scenes, the pair do not appear to be under the impression that they are in the same movie. A screen chemistry equivalent to an aspirin dropped in flat lemonade: Farrow fizzes away, while Redford fails to react.
Supplied The Great GatsbySource: Supplied Sam Waterston makes a fine fit for the key supporting role of Nick Carraway, the wide-eyed 'Ordinary Joe' who experiences a gradual loss of innocence as he gets to know his distant cousin Daisy and his next-door neighbour Gatsby. As Carraway is also the narrator of the piece, it is Waterston's voice that often transports viewers from one scene to the next.
His delivery is not exactly lively. But when compared to the work of Redford, he's a bundle of activity. Supplied The best of the featured actors in the version is Bruce Dern as Daisy's philandering lummox of a husband, Tom Buchanan.
Though hardly a physical match for the "hulking" former college football player Fitzgerald envisioned on the page, Dern embraces the unthinking, uncaring nature of his character with both gusto and fine precision.
Continually gives a vibe he may have been the only person working on the film including the director who both read and understood the fundamental themes explored by the novel. Supplied The production design is one department where the '74 Gatsby truly delivers.
The movie looked a zillion bucks when first released, and has not dated badly at all in the intervening years. The air of damaged glamour that was peculiar to the Jazz Age era is captured beautifully, with lots of elegantly composed long-shots of lavishly appointed rooms and grounds.
Interestingly, the two key locations for the movie were in two different countries. Supplied Though it is widely believed the '74 Gatsby was a disaster at the box office, its financials stack up pretty well when all is said and done. Just as Baz Luhrmann's new version is clearly the most heavily hyped movie of so far, the old version was also marketed to the max in its year of release.
In its first week of release, the production scored the covers of Time, Newsweek and GQ magazines, and dominated the daily press. A month later came the ultimate proof of popularity: Finally, as a special treat, here is a snippet from the long-forgotten production.Choosing Robert Redford’s greatest performance is like choosing which is the best meal you’ve ever eaten–some are better than others but they all keep you alive.
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