Embarrassing Mistake In New Gatsby Film

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Coming this Christmas for Oscar consideration is another screen version of The Great Gatsby, this one starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and directed by Moulin Rouge! applier Baz Luhrmann.

But if the trailer is any indication, this thing still needs werque...I mean work.

Thirteen seconds into it--and repeated again at 1:41--is a dazzling Times Square shot with a big billboard for "Zeigfeld Follies."

That's swell--except that Flo spelled his name Ziegfeld.

Whoops!

Talk about a folly!



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19 comments
bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

Luhrman's a hack, hated all his films.  And cannot stand Carey Mulligan after seeing her in the pointless bore "Shame."

Movielover
Movielover

Hope they can do a good job of it.  The original was good (though some thought it was long and boring).  It had a great cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, that cute guy from law & order, Karen Black.

exackerly
exackerly

Another Baz Luhrmann wet dream. Not for anyone who loves the book...

rolph
rolph

Baz Luhrmann is the king of intentional anachronisms, but in this case, some of it seems unintentional.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

1.  The stylized opening of this trailer and the official Gatsby poster are framed with Art Deco patterns, which was not around in 1922.  Art Deco is a 1930s fashion.  (Think the Roxy and Radio City!  Think RCA Building; think Rockefeller Center.)

2.  I hope to God this isn't the soundtrack in the movie.  I didn't know AutoTune was invented in the 1920s!  And is that Bono wailing in the trailer?  That's so 1922!

3.  As much as everyone maligns the 1974 version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford, at least they got the costumes, cars, sets, mansions, and music correct (supervised by Nelson Riddle, featuring songs from the era, especially Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do").

Musto
Musto

PS: I just paid to see "Moonrise Kingdom"--somehow the distributors are the last ones on earth who think that after 27 years of writing for the Voice, I don't deserve a screening invite. Anyway, at Regal Union Square 14, the film's whole image isn't in view. You know this at the very beginning, when the opening credits--shown both on top of the screen and on the bottom--aren't fully readable. But at least they seem to be spelled correctly.

VonD
VonD

Oh Micheal Mostu yuo'r suchh a stikcler four gramer adn oarhtorgahpy!

Pillpopper
Pillpopper

Gatsby is unfilmable. And yet they did it with Alan Ladd and Betty Field and it flopped and then with Mia Farrow and it flopped. And now this one looks terrible. It doesn't even have te right sense of style or period.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Judging from the Gatsby of the 70s, it's a hard film to make. So why do these idiots keep trying? And why then give it to BLuhrman to direct? Why is he even given another film to direct after the horror that was Australia? 

TimWil014
TimWil014

I worked on the TV film AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK and gently pointed out to the lovely production designer on it who was personally hanging title letters on a marquee at the Village East Cinemas that she had misspelled GANDHI as GHANDI. She was gracious (albeit embarrassed) and grateful for the correction!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

If they paid attention to their research (which presumably included old film clips), they would have heard the name pronounced as it's spelled. So ... someone didn't pay attention, and/or didn't no how two shpell.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

I wish I could say I was surprised. But I see so many misspellings in newspapers, magazines and books these days, this is just par for the course.

Pillpopper
Pillpopper

Get Carey Mulligan out of this immediately!

Pippa
Pippa

Spelling or no spelling, this movie looks so awful!!!!

VonD
VonD

I agree on both points!

Melinda9
Melinda9

 I saw it in NYC way back when - people were laughing at certain points like when NCarraway is in the boat and sees JGatsby on the dock and follows his gaze to the Buchanan green light. Then when he looks back, JGatsby is gone. Maybe they thought it was pretentious or the director lingered a beat too long on images to make sure you got that it was supposed to be symbolism. I saw it again more recently and thought it was okay. People in the 70s didn't have a clue how much worse Hollywood could and would get.

Melinda9
Melinda9

 When I saw The Descent, the problem was everything was stretched out like an El Greco painting. It took two attempts to get someone to fix it.

Corn
Corn

That mean's the projectionist (or machine) had plugged in the wrong ratio. Appalling, for such a visual film.

Grammarian
Grammarian

"Means." You don't conjugate verbs in English with apostrophes! Does anyone learn how to use the English language in school anymore?

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