Robert Redford's 1974 'Great Gatsby' Gets the Baz Luhrmann Treatment (Video)
The Great Gatsby returned to the screen this weekend for the first time since the 1974 adaptation, which starred Robert Redford as the enigmatic millionaire played in the new version by Leonardo DiCaprio. Mia Farrow, meanwhile, played Daisy, the object of his obsessive affections -- a part that later would go to Carey Mulligan -- while Sam Waterston served as narrator Nick Carraway, Tobey Maguire's role.
Both versions have received their fair share of knocks from the critics, but the earlier one -- directed by Jack Clayton with a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola -- was the far more maligned of the two, dismissed as being a dreary, opaque and thoroughly uninspired mounting of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.
One never could accuse Baz Luhrmann's 2013 version, a confetti-strewn eye-candy store that benefits from a thumping Jay-Z score and the latest technical bells and whistles, of being dreary. But what if Luhrmann's "more-is-more" spirit were applied to the Redford picture? Film fan Richard Sandling gave it a shot, remixing old as new.
Check it out.
The trailer that served as its inspiration: