Who is this Gatsby?​

I feel like I have have been holding my breath for The Great Gatsby to open, and it is still weeks away.  

Production Designer: Catherine Martin

Production Designer: Catherine Martin

I have a particular affinity for deco, so this bedroom renders me speechless.  Who has shirts that are so starched and folded and perfect?! Who is this Gatsby?

All that aside, what got me thinking was how this film is meant to be the embodiment of the Jazz Age.  It is going to be lavishly unrealistic, set to to a hip-hop sound track.  We are meant to feel the same way about the decadence as old time-y people did, but the film is going to have to rev everything up to compensate for our modern sensibilities.   

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Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Coincidentally, I just watched the 3rd season of Downton Abbey (aka Come For The Accents, Stay For The Lamps) which takes place during the same time period.  Downton seems to strive for realism.  In this season there is a young cousin who sneaks off to go to a London Jazz Club (SCANDAL!). 

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Look at this party compared to a Gatsby party.  It is very drab and low rent.  However, when this scene pops up in Downton, after being drowned in extreme propriety, it is the bawdiest party in town.  

I guess what I am getting at is that all Gatsby had to do was have the Dowager Countess say some choice remarks early on, and they could have cut out half the glam.  Anything would seem like a Bacchanalia after that.