Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) a graduate from Yale and a World War I veteran, has returned home to begin a career in the bond business early in the summer of 1922. He is restless and has decided to move to New York and he ends up in West Egg, Long Island, where Nick rents a house next to the mysterious and nouveau riche Jay Gatsbys (Robert Redford) massive mansion. Tom (Bruce Dern) and Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow) live across the bay in the more fashionable East Egg. Daisy is Nick’s cousin and Tom had been in the same senior society at Yale College. They eventually invite Nick to their mansion where he meets a young woman named Jordan Baker (Lois Chiles), whom Daisy wants Nick to date. Nick, not being very wealthy himself, is fascinated by the lavish lifestyle of the Buchanans and he is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and true tragedy…

The roaring 20s is such a fascinating timeperiod and I can not really get enough of seeing movies about that time and age. The clothes, the cars, the dance routines, the attitude, the music. The package. Red F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel “The Great Gatsby” several years ago, but I liked it. A great insight in the lifeless and yet emotional life of the rich prior to the great depression. I reckon the 1974 movieversion is a pretty ok version of the novel and I enjoyed it. Redford is always good, and that goes for the rest of the ensemble in this movie (even if Mia Farrow is testing your nerves throughout the movie as Daisy..). And I was glad to see Lois Chiles in the role of Jordan. Stunning actress and woman.. However, I am looking forward to Baz Luhrmanns version. Will be good for sure. (3 and a half out of 5)

Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open in theatres on Christmas Day 2012, it has been revealed. Warner Bros. have announced that the Australian director’s film version of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, which will reportedly be shot in 3D, will hit cinemas on December 25 next year.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who has signed on to play the movie’s lead character, will now star in two films that will open on Christmas Day next year. He is also set to feature in Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Western flick Django, which is scheduled to be released on the same day. Luhrmann is currently shooting The Great Gatsby in his native Australia, although Fitzgerald’s story is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York during the summer of 1922. Tobey Maguire will play the character Nick Carraway, while Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan. Other members of the film’s cast include Wedding Crashers star Isla Fisher and Australian actor Joel Edgerton.

The Great Gatsby has been adapted for film many times before, with the most famous version being Jack Clayton’s 1974 offering. Robert Redford took on the role of the titular character, with a script written by Francis Ford Coppola. (via NME)