I can’t help but wonder if the resurgence of The Great Gatsby-ish glam isn’t helped a little bit by Downton Abbey‘s fashions. Squidoo agrees with me — the 1920s were soo elegant. Click on the photo, and it takes you to Fashionista.com and links to the film trailer. The new movie is just weeks away from hitting theaters.
“The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel published in 1925, returns to the screen for the sixth time. Scroll to the bottom for Wikipedia’s entire list of who’s who in the films.
Gatsby brings us lace, drop waists, satin and flowing, fluid style. Femininity reigns. It’s big fashion news in London – click here for more on that. One quirky thing is this movie was delayed in release … a few times, but fashion houses were ready. So some of us already have our Daisy Buchanan duds and frocks. I know I have at least four lacy numbers that look remarkably like what I wore in the 1970s when Gatsby was released. The colors, the fabrics — welcome back, Daisy.
Brooks Brothers is into the fashion – click here for the men’s side.
I remember the 1974 movie and the style. Daisy Buchanan was played by Mia Farrow — she’s now 68. Click here for an update on her. Robert Redford was Jay Gatsby. Farrow married Frank Sinatra and then settled in with Woody Allen. She was a fixture on “Peyton Place” and played the mom in “Rosemary’s Baby.”And who doesn’t know Robert Redford?
Direct from Wikipedia– here are the six movies all sort of based on the novel:
- The Great Gatsby, 1926 – a silent movie of a stage adaptation, starring Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell. It is rumored ot be the best adaptation of the novel, but we’ll never know. A trailer of the film at National Archives is all anyone can find.
- The Great Gatsby, 1949 – starred Alan Ladd, Betty Field and Shelley Winters.
- The Great Gatsby, 1974 – the most famous screen version and memorable to folks like me. Sam Waterston was narrator Nick Carraway, with Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan and Robert Redford as Gatsby. Get this – script by Francis Ford Coppola.
- The Great Gatsby, 2000 – a made-for-TV movie starring Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd and Mira Sorvino.
- G, 2002 – sort of based on Gastby and starring Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, and Chenoa Maxwell.
- The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Coming our way May 10.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom of three.