With the new adaptation of The Great Gatsby just having been released at the 2013 Cannes Festival this week, I thought it’s a good time to put the older version with Robert Redford and Sam Waterston in the spotlights. Although looking forward to the new The Great Gatsby, Cannes has much better titles to offer such as new work by Dutch director Warmerdam, Sorrentino and the movie Michael Kohlhaas starring two of my most favorite European actors Mads Mikkelsen and Denis Lavant!
Back to Jay Gatsby, who is played by the charismatic Robert Redford, with his modest grandeur. In most of the scenes the shots have something magic, caused by a copious amount of white and all bright and shiny objects have some extra luster. Jay Gatsby is continuously well dressed in a proper three-piece suit, necktie and a pocket watch, and drives a legendary maize colored Rolls Royce Phantom.