CinemaCon 2012: Baz Lurhmann Previews 3D Footage of Leonard DiCaprio's Starring Role in 'The Great Gatsby'

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LAS VEGAS -- Director Baz Luhrmann insisted that F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale The Great Gatsby, first published in 1925, is "possibly even more relevant [today] than when it was written" as he introduced scenes from his new 3D film version at the CinemaCon exhibitors' convention in Las Vegas.

Presenting the footage during the studio's slate presentation Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov said that Luhrmann uses 3D in the movie to increase the “emotion, intensity, power” and the “immersive” feel of the drama.

In the debut clips, viewers saw Luhrmann’s use of 3D from the flamboyant style of a party at Jay Gatsby’s mansion to close-ups, including intimate scenes between Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Daisy (Carey Mulligan).  

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In a videotaped message, Luhrmann said he wanted to show the “spectacle” of what he is aiming to create, introducing a series of “untouched” 3D clips from the film that had not yet been color corrected and whose VFX had not been completed.

Great Gatsby was shot in 3D using Red Epic cameras and 3ality Technica rigs.

The film opens Christmas Day.

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