Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #236

The cast of the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby is quite pleased with themselves, mainly because they consulted a psychic who assured them that their version will prove far more pleasing than the 1974 version (Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, making questionable career choices) and the 2013 version (Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan fall under the spell of director Baz Lurhmann, who seems intent on modernizing things that don’t need to be modernized). Still, none of the dozen or so film adaptations has managed to explain why anyone would want to live in a town named “West Egg”….

Note: This is Exhibit #12 in Bonnywood’s March Madness. Details found here.

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    • It IS very smug and a bit pretentious and reeks of “high school cheerleading squad”. Of course, in this case, that one guy on the left sort of screwed things up. He’ll probably be cut from the team….

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  1. why anyone would want to live in a town named “West Egg”…. The Real Estate market was a shell game – the bidding wars were just a game of chicken for the very rich yokels wanting to be the cock of the walk. ….and now, omelette outta here. 🧐 😎

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    • I think you might on to something, as my first glance back seems to confirm this. Wait, where’s Mick Fleetwood? He’s something like 8 feet tall, and I’m not seeing that. I remember watching the Grammy Awards when the band won their statuettes for “Rumours”, and the camera had to keep pulling WAY back to get them all in the picture…

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    • All of those actors had lengthy careers and were somewhat famous in their time. (Shelley Winters eventually won two Oscars, for example.)

      Bit of Bonnywood trivia: Betty Field and Ruth Hussey also appear in another still from this same film in “Past Imperfect – #193”. That one always gets a ton of hits every time I share it, not sure why…

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  2. I always assumed it was because the islands were shaped like eggs. Either way, I’m still waiting for someone to make a good screen adaptation of Gatsby. The Luhrmann version is def better than that 1970s piece of crap, but I haven’t seen the black and white one…

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    • That’s an interesting take, with the shape of the islands, especially since I don’t really remember islands being involved. (Clearly, it’s been a while since I read the book.) And I do agree that we’re still waiting for a good film adaptation. (The 1949 version does what it can, but it’s very sanitized, as was most everything in the 1940s.) Perhaps we should mount our own production? We certainly couldn’t do any more damage than has already been done.

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        • Oh, you’re right, Long Island IS an island. (For once, we have truth in advertising). I clearly wasn’t functioning with all cylinders during my previous comment. This does give me pause concerning our impending production (I was already scouting locations), mostly on my part, but I still think we should proceed. I’ll send you some storyboards to see what you think… 😉

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