Monday, May 06, 2013

Media Services at the Movies: The Great Gatsby

The summer blockbuster season is here! "Media Services at the Movies" will look at what big movie is coming out this week, then offer a few movies like it from our collection.

Baz Luhrmann isn't the first director to adapt The Great Gatsby for the screen, but he might be the last. Where previous film versions of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great novel were criticized for their staidness, Luhrmann's Gatsby has drawn equal parts attention and scorn for its flamboyant, colorful aesthetics (shot in 3D nonetheless). Some are now questioning if the novel is even filmable. But in a way, the Golden 20s are the perfect fit for Luhrmann: it's all about the style.

Luhrmann's Gatsby has us thinking about the 1920s, Prohibition, and over-the-top extravagance. If you can't make it to the theaters this weekend, one of these movies might scratch the same itch.

Romeo + Juliet – HU DVD 75
Moulin Rouge! – HU DVD 297
Chicago – HU DVD 626
The Great Gatsby (1974) – HU DVD 722
Strictly Ballroom – HU DVD 882
Prohibition – DVD 9121 - 9123
Boardwalk Empire, Season 1 – HU DVD 9421
Boardwalk Empire, Season 2 – HU DVD 9422

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