Film Analysis Of The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, a story that I have admired since high school, became a huge inspiration to teachers and students through its imagery and symbolism. Stemming from the book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, there have been several attempts to accurately demonstrate Fitzgerald’s publishing in film form. “Gatsby has had four film adaptations, with two especially big-budget, well-known movies: the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and the 2013 film with Leonardo DiCaprio. There was also a silent film adaptation made in 1926, just one year after the novel came out, but that film has been lost, with only a one-minute trailer that survives to attest to its existence” (Wulick). Although The Great Gatsby has several adaptations, the 2013 film starring Leonardo Dicaprio was particularly exciting due to the level of technology behind the film industry at that the time. I immediately became excited after I heard about the production, and it lived up to every expectation I had through traditional film techniques alongside modern film techniques. Obtaining the American dream is the most prominent message in The Great Gatsby, and is clearly demonstrated through music, costume, lighting, and camera angles.
Jay Gatsby, a business man and military veteran, strives throughout the movie to achieve his American dream by gaining the attention of his lost love. He conducts massive lavish parties on the west egg of long island in hopes that one-day Daisy Buchanan will attend his party.
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