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The Great Gatsby (May 10)
Moulin Rouge! helmer Baz Luhrmann adapts Gatsby into a visually sumptuous big-screen drama. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire who throws lavish parties at his Long Island estate while keeping his humble origins shrouded in mystery; Carey Mulligan costars as the shallow, emotionally fragile Daisy Buchanan, with whom Gatsby has a doomed affair. Luhrmann blows the cobwebs off the literary classic by bringing all of his famed visual flair — and a reported budget north of $120 million — to Fitzgerald’s slim but thematically rich novel. In a post-Great Recession world, he says, the book’s indictment of the empty pursuit of wealth and status is as relevant as it was in the Roaring ’20s. ”You can see the bond scam in it, you can see the subprime scam,” he says. ”We’re not putting that on top of it — it’s there.” —Josh Rottenberg
Image Credit: Warner Bros
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