Twenty Facts about «The Great Gatsby»

5:22 am  |  30.04.2021

In «GREAT GATSBY» one main female role and two male roles. Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio) is a millionaire who has earned his capital in questionable ways. Yale graduate Nick (Toby Maguire) rents a summer villa next to Gatsby’s mansion, becomes his frequent guest, and… witness of an incipient romance between his married cousin Daisy and Gatsby, whom she once rejected. 


«This is the best day of my life!» – exclaimed actress Cary Mulligan when director Baz Lurmann informed her that she had received the role of Daisy in «The Great Gatsby». Mulligan also admitted that she read the novel for the first time only before the screensavers, but immediately became fascinated by it and «felt» her character: «Daisy is like whipped cream – just as light, air, sweet. And… empty: she has absolutely nothing to say to the world».

The role of Daisy included Amanda Seibrid, Rachel McAdams, Kiera Knightley, Blake Lively, Abby Cornish, Natalie Portman, Eva Green, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Johansson, Cary Mulligan, who won a stardom battle.

CARY MULLIGAN ON THE SET OF «THE GREAT GATSBY»

It is believed that the author of the novel «The Great Gatsby», the American writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald drew Daisy from his wife Zelda. By the way, the spouses led as profligate and secular a way of life, as well as heroes «Great Gatsby». They were everywhere, they liked to be invited to parties, and wherever they weren’t invited, they could come themselves. Our couple’s charm was worth a million dollars. Scott and Zelda were adored for having a very ordinary life around them that became cinematic, beautiful, tearful, unbearable.

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If they were there, you could take bets on how soon Zelda would get drunk and get Scott drunk, that she would flirt and he would be jealous, or vice versa, and that at some point the situation would explodeThat incredible, furious stupidity, like jumping down the stairs of a big restaurant. Zelda was jealous of Isadora Duncan and was supposed to crash, but survived like a drunk cat.

Zelda didn’t hide that there was a lot of publicity behind every prank. She jumped from the tower into the pool naked because she was sick of her bathing suit. So they got stuffy in a New York taxi, and they continued outside: he was on the roof, she was on the hood. Scott never kept his wife away from the fireworks – on the contrary, he admired them. And when he went over the gin (all biographers regret to say that he was drunk quickly), he became fit for it and was ready to go for it as a child – although a man in his 30s at that time was already considered a candidate for old age.

Francis Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre were a couple, as if they were specially created for the social chronicle. Lived brightly, successfully and spent all day struggling with boredom. 

CARI MALLIGAN IN PRADA OUTFIT

Outfits for the heroine «The Great Gatsby» were created by Miuccia Prada. The creative director of the fashion house Prada adapted for the film forty dresses from the archives Prada and Miu Miu, completing them with «brand» details for the 1920s – feathers, beads, layers, and lace.

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Men’s costumes for «The Great Gatsby» were made in the famous American atelier Brooks Brothers.

MEN’S SUITS FOR THE “GREAT GATSBY”

Jewelry for heroine «The Great Gatsby» was created by jewelers Tiffany&Co. She helped the jewellery masters Catherine Martin, the film’s chief designer and co-director’s wife Baz Lurmann.

JEWELRY FOR THE GREAT GATSBY HEROINE CREATED BY TIFFANY & CO JEWELERS

Tracks for the musical composition «The Great Gatsby» directed by Baz Lurmann were recorded by Fergie, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, Will.i.am and Emelie Sandé. The main composition of the soundtrack was the lyrical ballad Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey. The executive producer of the soundtrack was rapper Jay-Z.

The main male role of Jay Gatsby, mysterious neighbor, hospital magnet, the wolf of business, and large hare in love, at the lourmand base is played by Leonardo Dicaprio. Despite his whole self-confident status, in Leo, there is a boy’s insecurity that women love so much.

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The budget of «The Great Gatsby» is one hundred and twenty million dollars. This is a fantastic sum for costume drama. For comparison: working on the special effects-fancy blockbuster «Transformers», director Michael Bay had at his disposal one hundred and fifty million dollars (this is the first part).

THE GREAT GATSBY BY FRANCIS SCOTT FITZGERALD IS A CLASSIC NOVEL ABOUT THE “YEARS OF JAZZ” WHEN NO ONE THINKED ABOUT ANYTHING, LIVED ONE DAY, MORE EXACTLY – A NIGHT THAT WAS ALWAYS TENDER.

«The Great Gatsby» directed by Baz Lurmann is not the first film adaptation of one of the most famous works by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. The first film based on the novel was made in 1926, only a year after the book itself was released. Alas, it is impossible to watch this silent movie today: the film with 80 minutes of tape was lost, a poster and a couple of shots remained.

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For the second time «The Great Gatsby» was filmed in 1949. However, Paramount Studios failed – the painting was ignored by both critics and spectators. The role of Daisy in the failed film was played by Betty Field (originally read by famous actress Jean Tierney, but the producers found her «too beautiful»).


SCENE FROM «THE GREAT GATSBY» 1949

1974’s The Great Gatsby was the first successful film adaptation of the novel. Thanks to writer Francis Ford Coppola and actors Mia Farrow and Robert Redford.

MIA FARROW AND ROBERT REDFORD (FLASHBACK FROM «THE GREAT GATSBY» FILM 1974).

In 2000 «The Great Gatsby» became a TV film which studio BBC made in its best traditions – with respect to the original. The only freedom is the hairstyle of Daisy Mira Sorvino, who never went to jazz.

IN THE IMAGE OF DAISY (A SHOT FROM THE TELEVISION FILM «THE GREAT GATSBY» OF THE YEAR 2000).

The French designer Olympia Le Tan, who produces clutches in the form of books, has prepared two «editions» «The Great Gatsby» for the fashion ladies. In turn, the fashion brand Kate Spade did not limit itself to only clutch: they have large everyday bags, laptop covers and even passport covers with «Great Gatsby».

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