The Great Gatsby

I have never read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby (published 1925). I know, I know - how can a graduate of English literature not have read one of the greatest American novels (if not "The Greatest American Novel"), right? Well, nobody is perfect.

After having watched the 1974 film version, however, with a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, the direction of Jack Clayton, and performances by Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, amongst others, I am greatly motivated to experience the book. The film, as well as the novel (I am informed) depicts a fascinating period of this country’s history, the “Roaring 1920’s”. The story presents an argument about the decay of American morals and integrity during that decade.

I have to say, Douglas Slocombe photographed the film beautifully, Theoni V. Aldredge created an elegant wardrobe, and Mr. Redford illuminates the screen with magnificent grace. The film is one of the best I have ever seen. To preserve my credibility, I will go out now and start reading the novel.