Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Great Gatsby: A movie for 1920s fans

Over the weekend my husband and I went to see The Great Gatsby, the new movie adaptation of the novel with Leonard DiCaprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.  (Tobey Maguire played the narrator, Nick, and Joel Edgerton played Daisy's husband, Tom.)  I had read the book a couple of years ago, but after watching the movie I reread it, and I was surprised how true to the book the movie actually was.

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby is by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is sometimes credited as creating the flapper ideal of the 1920s by basing his female characters on his wife, Zelda.  Zelda was the flapper of the 1920s.  If you love the 1920s and want to get a feel for the times, it's well worth reading The Great Gatsby (which is pretty short) and some of Fitzgerald's other works.

I also recommend watching the movie, particularly if you are interested in what they wore in the 1920s.  The dresses and hats in the movie are amazing, and will give you plenty of ideas for 1920s costumes beyond the stereotypical fringe-laden flapper dress that most people think of.  You could probably also get some ideas for a 1920s-themed wedding and reception from the parties that take place at Gatsby's mansion.

This movie is definitely a visual treat for anyone who is love with the Roaring Twenties.  I plan on going to see the movie at least one more time in the theater -- you just can't fully appreciate all the magnificent costumes and sets in a single viewing!



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