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Director Jack Claytons rendition of F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby brings to life the jealousy in both men and women a concept first observed in the 1925 novel This popular novel has been hailed as a key symbol of the Roaring 20s yet its themes transcend time in an expression of the human condition The films flaws however turn it into a glossy disappointment With its luxurious period costumes meticulously rich settings and props and a cast who all look the part this version of The Great Gatsby has all of the surface elements seductively in place Francis Ford Coppolas screenplay also stuck closely to the novel transforming some of Fitzgeralds most iconic observations about the classes into dialogue Additional scenes between Jay Gatsby Robert Redford and his beloved Daisy Mia Farrow capitalize on the actors romantic allure Claytons sluggish pacing however makes the film a stilted literary artifact rather than an emotionally complex story Throughout the film the audience is constantly reminded of the jealous nature of man Each flash of green each ominous green eye looking down upon them and each action of the characters strengthen this reoccurring theme of jealousy When Nick Caraway Sam Waterston first appears on the screen in the opening sequence we become aware of his jealousy of his cousin Daisys lifestyle And my cousin Daisy Buchanan lived in one of the glittering white palaces of East Egg with her husband Tom whod Id known in college confesses Nick when describing how he lives on the less fashionable side of Long Island He is on his way to visit Daisy for lunch when the story truly begins He wants the money they have but knows he can never have it At lunch Nick reveals that he lives next to Jay Gatsby In response to Nicks revelation Daisy begins to show her jealousy of Nick Gatsby What Gatsby she exclaims However she is interrupted by Tom Bruce Dern
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