Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Great Gatsby - Own Topic

When looking at themes from the Great Gatsby, I pondered on a film that is contemporary and modernised.

The film G (Christopher Scott Cherot, 2002) is an American drama film that is, indeed, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Its contemporary and is a film that deals with the hip hop subculture of America. This is a pivotal text to analyse because it shows the themes of The Great Gatsby being expressed in subcultures of America that have developed over time since the novel was written.

The film is mainly about a hip hop artist trying to win back the love of his life. The leading woman in the film is based on Daisy Buchanan. Thus, this deals with one of the main themes of the novel.

With this in mind as being an overt adaptation, I thought it would be a good idea to suggest the American TV Drama series Boardwalk Empire to be a significant example to ponder.

First, Boardwalk Empire is not necessarily an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, however, the series deals with the "Roaring Twenties" and the bootlegging era that the novel is set in. Aspects such as prohibition and the decline of the American Dream are issues that are highlighted in Boardwalk Empire and also The Great Gatsby. Importantly, this also correlates with F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrayal of the 1920s being socially and morally deprived which, similarly  is explored in Boardwalk Empire.

Above all, one could argue there has been a spate of TV dramas, Films and other sources of entertainment that have contained themes of The Great Gatsby and focused on these specifically. In particular, a 2013 film is yet to be released with Leonardo DiCaprio of the Great Gatsby. It poses a question of whether the novel will loose its authenticity or not. Its clear that this era of American History is a period that holds fundamental significance.

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