I was a bit disappointed to find that the Christmas Day release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby had been postponed to the spring of 2013. Not to say that Les Miserables and The Hobbit aren’t half bad alternatives… As with 1999’s Romeo+Juliet, Luhrmann melds a classic story with contemporary elements in a retelling that has generated Oscar buzz for the film, its ingenious director, and its all-star cast.
Although set in the roaring twenties, the themes of the novel are prevalent to modern times. Back in 2008, when news of the adaptation was announced, Luhrmann told MTV News that the novel “truly reveals the time we’re in…it might explain a bit of what we’ve been through.”
One of the director’s trademarks is his eclectic soundtracks that merge past with present, with Moulin Rouge! encompassing mashups of everything from Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit” to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The film’s original trailer features Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness,” from the band’s 1991 album Achtung Baby, which opens with a Jazz-esque sequence fitting of ‘Gatsby’, yet quickly abandons it in favor of a more modern rock sound.
Gatsby’s excessive (and weekly!) parties must rank among the most anticipated aspects of the movie, partly due to the kooky Jazz Age fashions of his wealthy party guests. No stranger to opulence, Baz’s wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, who won two Academy Awards for her work in Moulin Rouge!, has portrayed the exuberant costumes of the period in what is sure to be a sartorial standout.
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Jack White’s “Love Is Blindness” off of his album “Sixteen Saltines.”
Photos courtesy of Cinematoria.