Sometimes to be truly faithful, you must be unfaithful
Thoughts on Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of “Gatsby” from some of the book’s biggest fans.
“Any artistic reinterpretation of a classic is worthy because it renews the discussion and connects it to modern society. I am thrilled to watch Luhrmann’s high-color, energetic and edgy take on one of my favorite novels of all time, and I believe that Scott and Zelda would be delighted to find that there are, indeed, second acts in American lives.” – Erika Robuck, author of “Call Me Zelda,” released today
“It will be interesting for me to see how the Luhrmann version compares to the 1949 version (a noir!) and the Redford-Farrow version. I wish the 1926 version existed – the Library of Congress has the preview footage, which I watched, but the film itself is lost. By the way, I just got the new edition of ‘Gatsby’ from Scribner’s that has Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover.” – Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air book critic and author of the forthcoming “So We Read On: Why Gatsby Gets Even Greater With Age”
“People who are already wistful for Robert Redford and Mia Farrow need to go to the back of the line. The rest of us are already prepared to claw our way through the next guy’s pinstripes to see DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan go to town in Luhrman’s new ‘Gatsby.'” – Willie Thompson, executive director of the Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama
“I love Baz Luhrmann movies, especially ‘Ballroom’ and ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ and I can’t wait to see his ‘Great Gatsby.’ I think it’ll be a great movie. And Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are perfect as Gatsby and Daisy. She’s totally ‘Zeldish,’ and he’s very Scott. I also love Jay-Z and Kanye West music, and I love the idea of having Lady Gaga, Prince and Lana Del Rey songs in the soundtrack. It’ll be a contemporary movie, and that’s the best way of reinventing ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Sometimes, to be truly faithful, you must be unfaithful.” – Tiziana Lo Porto, author of “Superzelda,” a graphic novel about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald