The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book was first published in 1925, and it has been republished in 1945 and 1953. There are two settings for the novel: on Long Island's North Shore, and in New York City. The book is set in 1922 from the spring to the autumn.
Though all of its action takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 and is set in a circumscribed geographical area in the vicinity of Long Island, New York, The Great Gatsby is a highly symbolic meditation on 1920s America as a whole, in particular the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess.
The Great Gatsby is not only a great story, but an insight into the flaws of real life during the "Roaring Twenties." His book has been considered by many a symbol for the "Jazz Age," a time of extraordinary wealth and promise,
The newest, biggest, most expensive and longest screen version of "The Great Gatsby," which had its premiere here last night, moves spaniel-like through F. Scott Fitzgerald's text, sniffing and staring at events and objects very close up with wide, mopey eyes, seeing almost everything and comprehending practically nothing. The film begins its regular engagement at four theaters today.
And before you ask, the trailer is scored by Jack White’s brilliant cover of “Love is Blindness,” originally performed by U2.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the titular mysterious Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton also starring.
Filming will take place over 17 weeks, with over 400 cast and crew estimated to take part, with another 30 weeks to be spent on post-production, also to be done in Sydney.
The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Production on the AUS$120 million ($126 million) feature got underway at Fox Studios Australia on Monday with sound stages and locations in Sydney to be transformed into glittering Jazz Age New York and Long Island.
"The Great Gatsby" has been filmed twice before, first with Warner Baxter and Lois Wilson in 1926, the year after it was published. It was done again in 1949 with Alan Ladd playing the title role, the elegant young roughneck, Jay Gatsby, a part-time bootlegger and swindler whose smile according to Fitzgerald, possessed the quality of "eternal reassurance," and with Betty Field as Daisy Buchanan, the pretty, easily distracted rich girl who became for Gatsby, all there was to hope for in the American Dream.
The Great Gatsby opens December 25, 2012 and also stars Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Gemma Ward.
Fitzgerald was the most famous chronicler of 1920s America, an era that he dubbed “the Jazz Age.” Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest literary documents of this period, in which the American economy soared, bringing unprecedented levels of prosperity to the nation.