Here come the roaring twenties. Prepare for pincurls, flappers, charleston, sparkling jewels and crazy parties. The first trailer and photos of the remake of The Great Gatsby are out. And I am no disappointed (so far) The movie looks good, very good. It ought to be, it's directed by god/director Baz Luhrmann. He is the mastermind behind classics such as Romeo + Juliet or Moulin Rouge. Who can't remember Leo Dicaprio reciting Shakespeare at Claire Dane's deathbed or Nicole Kidman singing the closing number before dying in the arms of a sobbing Ewan McGregor? He has a very individual view, especially when it comes to design. All his movies have strong design elements that make his films pieces of art; sets, locations, costumes, everything is looked at the minimal detail.
Let's hope the movie lives up to the expectations. The Great Gatsby is F.Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel and probably one of the most influential books in the 20th century (and one of my personal favourites, I have about three copies lying around). The book has been turned into a movie several times although the only one worth mentioning is the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The scene when they throw shirts everywhere still gives me chills.
Anyway, we will still have to wait until December, Boxing Day to be more precise, to watch Carey Mulligan and Leo Dicaprio revive one of the greatest love affairs of history. Can't wait.