The story of The Great Gatsby has inspired artistic expression in many forms: a play, four films, several television productions, a ballet, and an opera. Add to your reading experience by exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood, the Gatsby films, and more.
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Fitzgerald and the Movies - Online essay detailing Fitzgerald's Hollywood experiences. Includes lists of his movie-writing assignments and the adaptations of his work.
Variations on a Theme
- 1926 Play - Adapted from the novel by Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Owen Davis, the play was directed by George Cukor.
- 1926 Silent Film - The Great Gatsby - Based on the play, it is a lost film with no known surviving copies. Directed by Herbert Brenon.
- 1949 Film - The Great Gatsby - Directed by Elliot Nugent, this version stars Alan Ladd as Gatsby and Shelley Winters as Myrtle.
- 1974 Film - The Great Gatsby - The much loved and hated Robert Redford version of Gatsby. With a Francis Ford Coppola screenplay, and the actors Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, and "Law and Order" star Sam Waterson.
There will be a FREE screening on Monday, August 21, 7:00pm at Cornell Cinema.
A Lavish 'Gatsby' Loses Book's Spirit ( New York Times, March 28, 1974)
They've Turned 'Gatsby' to Goo (New York Times, March 31, 1974)
Roger Ebert review of 1974 Gatsby
- 1988 Ballet - Premiered by the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, it was originally choreographed by Andre Prokovsky and then re-choreographed in 1996 by Bruce Wells.
Giving Movement to Fitzgerald's Words (New York Times, April 4, 1989)
- 1999 Opera - The Great Gatsby - Commissioned to honor Conductor James Levine's 25th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera. Music by John Harbison, lyrics by Murray Horowitz.
Gatsby Goes to the Opera (PBS Newshour interview)
The Great Gatsby Opera (NPR audio review of the opera)
- 2000 Film - The Great Gatsby - Made for TV production for the A&E Cable Network.
Movie Details (New York Times)
Olin Library Media Center Videodisc 1532
Olin Library Media Center Video 2950
Digital Resources from the Cornell University Library Collections
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Additional Cornell Library Resources
- Dixon, Wheeler W. The Cinematic Vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1986.
Olin Library PS3511.I91 Z587 1986
Uris Library PS3511.I91 Z587 1986
- Harbison, John. Gatsby Songs: From the Opera The Great Gatsby. Music by John Harbison; Lyrics by Murray Horwitz. New York, NY: Associated Music Publishers; Milwaukee: Distributed by H. Leonard Corp., 1999.
Cox Library of Music M1508.H255 G2 1999+
- Phillips, Gene D. Fiction, Film, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1986.
Olin Library PS3511.I91 Z77
- Prigozy, Ruth. "Fitzgerald's Flappers and Flapper Films of the Jazz Age: Behind the Morality." In Curnutt, Kirk, ed. A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Olin Library PS3511.I9 Z6623 2004
Other Fitzgerald Films on DVD or VHS tape
- Beloved Infidel. Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; United States: Fox Video, c1996.
Dramatization of the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and his love affair with Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham. Movie Details (New York Times)
Olin Library Media Center Video 3074
Graham, Sheilah. Beloved Infidel: The Education of a Woman. New York: H. Holt, 1958.
Olin Library PN4874.G73 A3
Uris Library PN4874.G73 A3
- The Last Time I Saw Paris. Narberth, PA: Alpha Video, 2002.
Based on Fitzgerald's short story, "Babylon Revisited." Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.
Olin Library Media Center Videodisc 331
- The Last Tycoon. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures, 2003.
Based on Fitzgerald's unfinished novel. Originally released as a motion picture in 1977.
Olin Library Media Center Videodisc 1269
- Winter dreams, F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Winstar TV & Video, 2001.
Presents portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, focusing on his life and work, his tortured marital relationship and his troubled friendships with fellow colleagues such as Ernest Hemingway.
Olin Library Media Center Call Number: Videodisc 1385
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