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"The Great Gatsby" Films: Then And Now

Has much, if anything, changed since 1974?

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The 1974 movie poster.

A New York Times review of the film had this to say: "The sets and costumes and most of the performances are exceptionally good, but the movie itself is as lifeless as a body that's been too long at the bottom of a swimming pool."


Daisy Buchanan now.

Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Eva Green, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson were also considered for the role. They decided on Carey Mulligan.

Daisy Buchanan then.

Natalie Wood turned down the role of Daisy after the producers insisted on a screen test. The part eventually went to Mia Farrow, who was pregnant during filming. (Hence all those close-ups and flowy outfits.)


The romance then.

The lack of chemistry between Farrow and Redford was widely acknowledged in reviews. Farrow said she couldn't connect with Redford because the actor spent all his free time obsessing over the Watergate scandals. Perhaps not coincidentally, Redford would end up playing Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in All the President's Men two years later.


Truman Capote, the screenwriter then.

Capote was the original screenwriter before being replaced by Francis Ford Coppola. In Capote's draft, Nick was openly gay and Jordan Baker was a lesbian. He was fired, and Coppola finished a script in three weeks.

Gatsby's parties now.

In typical Luhrmann fashion, there will be dancing! Carey Mulligan said of the party scene, "When we shot those party scenes there were 300 or 400 people in a frenzy, dancing and drinking. Baz would be screaming crazy things down a megaphone and the extras were hysterical."

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