Beautiful & damned ignored

I have a request of film-makers: stop remaking The Great Gatsby.
Fitzgerald is pulling literature wheelies all the way through that book. You can’t put that fluency of writing on screen. Most films have focused on the gaudy extravagance, the opulent parties, the enormous yellow Rolls Royce speeding through the alleyways; and it’s difficult to pull wheelies in those.

Make Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned instead. It’s got a screenplay quality about it with discrete dramatic scenes, snappy dialogue and humorous incidental characters. The main characters, Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert, are even more vacuous than anyone in the Great Gatsby. That’s not a problem though; people watch the heck out of the painted shells paraded on reality TV.


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