Great Gatsby, The - Midnight in Manhattan
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Produced in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby, this fascinating documentary explores the turbulent life and dark creative spirit of its writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It examines his disappointing college days at Princeton, his disastrous marriage to Zelda, his difficult relationship with Hemingway, and his tendency to sell out and compromise his talent for cash, which led to his turbulent last days in Hollywood. It dispels the age-old mythology surrounding Fitzgerald, largely created by himself, which tends to glamorize the Jazz-Age and his alcoholism. Including contributions by the author's granddaughter Eleanor Lanahan, plus writers Hunter S. Thompson, George Plimpton and Jay McInerney, this program presents a fascinating portrait of this most enduring American icon.]]>
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Being released to catch the interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald and his "Great American Novel" with the release this month of Baz Lurman's 3-D "Musical" version, the program provides observations on the author from such fellow authors (then living in 2000) as George Plympton, William Styron, Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Garrison Keillor. We also hear from Fitzgerald's former secretary - who was there when he died in 1939 at age 44. Fitzgerald's granddaughter narrates the program.
To fill in the DVD, BBC has added a TV drama on Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, (with David Hemmings playing the author) titled "A Dream of Living". This 1975 program runs 52 minutes, and was a good choice.
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greatest of 20th century novels surely deserved a much more in-depth and inspired approach than is to be found herein.
The decided delight of this disc is to be found in the little known extra. PRIVATE AFFAIRS: A DREAM OF LIVING is a BBC production from 1975. Late, great David Hemmings plays F. Scott Fitzgerald wonderfully - and looks very much like the writer as well. The drama covers one day and night in the life of Scott and Zelda along with Hemingway and assorted cronies. It is worth the price of purchase and more than makes up for the disappointing main fare.
A narrator introduces these topics, then turns over the presentation to a series of distinguished, thoughtful and aging writers including George Plimpton, William Styron, Norman Mailer, Hunter Thompson and Garrison Keillor. The first four of these authors tended to identify "The Great Gatsby" as a dark novel emphasizing how The American Dream falsely encourages people to think that if they are good looking, well prepared and persistent, they can do anything, leading to aiming too high, failure and death. Garrison Keillor saw the views of the other authors as reasonable, but did not himself see "The Great Gatsby" as being so dark, but saw it as addressing the idea that when everyone sets their eyes on a distant goal, it is normal to aim high, then row their boats hard against the currents of life and see what happens while realizing that we all know that we eventually must die.Read more ›
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While it is slightly out of date (being from 2000), my high school students quite enjoyed it. Plus, with a run time of 49 minutes, I could show it in one class period as a nice... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Giselle Rodriguez
Great documentary that came out in the early 2000s. If you teach Gatsby, I recommend it. Use it in class. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Jesse L Breite
It's an enjoyable film about the real Fitzgerald and Zelda story. I loved the movie Great Gatsby and this is a good background film.Published on December 31, 2013 by passionatereader